Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, Iceland

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Abstract

Earthshots introduces remote sensing by showing examples of how environmental changes look from space.

The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue, one of the largest in Iceland, flows from Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier. According to descriptions in historical accounts, this glacier tongue advanced toward the Atlantic Ocean up until the turn of the 19th century. Since about 1930, it has been in full retreat.

In these false color Landsat images, vegetated land surfaces appear red. Snow and ice are white. The Vatnajökull glacier is the bright white area in the upper left. Outlet glaciers streak away from it toward the Atlantic Ocean in the lower right. Breiðamerkurjökull is the largest glacial tongue on Vatnajökull and is featured in the center of these images.

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Publication type Dataset
Publication Subtype Website
Title Earthshots: Satellite images of environmental change – Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, Iceland
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description HTML Document
Country Iceland
Other Geospatial Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N