Spring thaw in Northern Greenland


While here summer is approaching (although spring has been very rainy this year) in the high Arctic spring is just starting. Here a satellite image from Northern Greenland of the Petermann Glacier where snow and ice are thawing. The strong blue colored area is sea ice where the winter snow layer on top has mostly melted and the ice is largely covered by either wet snow or meltwater. The sea ice is still solid, it will break up towards the Nares Strait in the southwest in the next weeks although further to the north of the sea will stay mostly ice covered for the whole year and the ice will just be more mobile than in winter.

Image is based on Copernicus Sentinel-2 data.

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