Land Ice

Data from NASA's GRACE satellites show that the land ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland are losing mass. The continent of Antarctica has been losing about 118 gigatonnes of ice per year since 2002, while the Greenland ice sheet has been losing an estimated 281 gigatonnes per year. (Source: GRACE satellite data)

Missions that observe land ice

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)

NASA's IceBridge

 

ANTARCTICA MASS VARIATION SINCE 2002

Data source: Ice mass measurement by NASA's GRACE satellites.
Credit: NASA
Rate of Change
118.0
Gigatonnes per year
margin: ±79

GREENLAND MASS VARIATION SINCE 2002

Data source: Ice mass measurement by NASA's GRACE satellites.
Credit: NASA
Rate of Change
281.0
Gigatonnes per year
margin: ±29