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Ice sheet topography


The state of the polar ice sheets and their volumes are both indicators and important parts of climate change processes and feedbacks. Consequently, it is important to monitor and study them in order to investigate the impact of global warming and to forecast future trends.
Detailed MeasurementDescription*InstrumentsTimeline
Ice sheet topographyMap of ice sheet heights. Intended over land (for the ocean, see Sea-ice thickness) - Physical unit: [ cm ] - Accuracy unit: [ cm ].1 instrument
Sea-ice sheet topographyVertical projection of an area covered by ice sheets in meters.11 instruments
* Description adapted from WMO.
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