In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise. This animation begins with yellow dots showing the study's global inventory of individual glaciers, as measured by the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission. The animation then fades to show the average yearly change in mass, as measured in centimeters of water from 2003 to 2010 from all of the worlds glaciers and ice caps (excluding Greenland and Antarctica). This is essentially a measure of how much ice the world's glaciers are losing, and in some cases gaining. Regions with large ice loss rages stand out clearly as blue and purple. A colorbar overlay shows the range of values displayed. Read more about this study, published Feb. 8, 2012 in Nature, here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/grace20120208.html See animations of ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003910/ See an animation of ice loss in the Himalayas here: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003900/a003911/
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