Heatwave in Greenland in summer 2021

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Published on 29 July 2021

This image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 28 July 2021, shows the very significant discharge of sediment into the Arctic Ocean by glaciers melting around Constable Pynt as a result of unusually high temperatures.


Credit: European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery

On the day this image was acquired, the area was affected by an intense heatwave, and the Constable Pynt weather station recorded an exceptional temperature of 23.2°C.

Other stations in the far north of the island also recorded exceptional temperatures. For example, Danmarkshavn, located at over 76° north latitude, recorded a record temperature of 19.8°C.

The data acquired by the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are used to detect changes in the Earth's surface in great detail even at northern latitudes and to monitor the melting of glaciers.

Source: Copernicus Image of the day