The Aletsch Glacier threatened by climate change

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Published on 16 June 2021

In the heart of Switzerland, the Aletsch is the largest glacier in the Alps. In recognition of its importance and unique characteristics, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

However, climate change is threatening its very existence. According to a new study published in the scientific journal The Cryosphere, it could lose about half of its current volume by 2100 as a result of a 1°C increase in the planet's average temperature.

This three-dimensional visualisation of the image acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 15 June 2021, shows the Aletsch Glacier.

With an average revisit time at the equator of five days, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites provide crucial data that is used to monitor the impact of climate change and its consequences on alpine environments.

Check out this, and many more Sentinel images
over on the Copernicus Image of the Day website