The satellite, ICESat-2 will constantly move from pole to pole, conducting measurements of the height of the ice four times a year.
For height measuring ice the satellite is equipped with the latest ATLAS altimeter that can measure the differences with centimeter accuracy.
Device sends to the Earth pulses of laser radiation and records the time after which they will return.
Researchers from Yale University and woods Holmskogo Oceanographic Institute are warning that large supplies of warm water, hiding under the glaciers of the Arctic, gradually rise to the surface. This can speed up the melting of the ice that had already lost their original strength.
In addition, the oldest and most durable glacier in the North of Greenland, which scientists considered inviolable, began to crumble.
As reported by “Around the world. Ukraine”, the Tibetan glaciers are melting at a catastrophic speed.