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KU Develops Equipment To Help Create Comprehensive Greenland Ice Sheet Map

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Data and equipment developed by University of Kansas researchers helped scientists create the first comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet.

The foundation's director Prasad Gogineni says the map is important because Greenland's ice sheet has been losing mass in the last two decades and the losses are expected to continue.

Gogineni is a Kansas engineering professor and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.

He says the data and ultra-sensitive radar equipment developed by the center documented deep and ancient channels of ice for the map.

An accurate history can help determine how fast the sea level will rise so coastlines and cities can anticipate higher water.