Well, this is my first
attempt to write some html for some time, it seems that I will have to start a blog one of these days (thanx Angie ;-) but meanwhile I will put some notes in my website. To start with, a nice example of global warming.
The Wilkins Ice Shelf seems to be melting away. (An ice shelf is a thick, floating platform of ice that forms where a glacier or ice sheet flows down to a coastline and onto the ocean surface) Located in the Antarctic peninsula, the shelf is now only held up by a very thin strip of ice (varying from 2 km to 500 meters at the narrowest), which makes it very vulnerable to cracks and fissures. If the strip were to break, it would release the ice shelf, which has an extension over 10000 square kilometers. If you want more information jump here
, it might help
Due to the ice shelf imminent risk of collapse ESA’s Envisat satellite is observing the area on a daily basis. The satellite acquisitions are updated automatically to monitor the developments immediately as they occur. This can be seen in ESA's official Wilkins Ice Shelf monitoring webpage
These images are being processed using a system that I designed and implemented.
Here you have my personal unofficial Wilkins Ice Shelf monitoring page. The advantange is that you will have both ESA and
NASA data on the matter. The disadvantage... it will be updated every now and then. You can access also the individual images
. If you have Google Earth
installed you can see the animation
on it. If you don't like these eerie colours you can see it in a more realistic way
(but no radar, sorry) Enjoy!