Is Greenland Melting?

Data-centric activity where students explore the connections between an observable change in the cryosphere and its potential impact in the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Students analyze the melt extents on the Greenland ice sheet from 1992-2003. Students also learn about how scientists collect the data.

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Betsy Youngman
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from TERC

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Other, more recent technologies may be used within the same activity framework. e.g. Google Earth, NASA's Eyes on the Earth (click on GRACE data).

Interactive datasets covering this same topic are available here: and also at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio:
Annual Accumulated melt of Greenland 1979 - 2009