Decline of the Quelccaya Glacier in Peru

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Publié le 25 avril 2023

The Quelccaya glacier in the Andes of Peru can be seen in this image, captured on 30 November 2022 by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites.

The Quelccaya glacier, which was once the world's largest tropical ice cap, has been reduced its volume by nearly 50% over the past four decades and is rapidly melting at a rate of about 5% per year as a result of climate change. The decline of the the health of the glacier has had a significant impact on the people of the nearby community, who rely on it for their water supply and livelihoods.

The Copernicus satellites play a crucial role in the monitoring of glaciers worldwide, providing essential information which helps researchers and decision-makers develop effective strategies for addressing the challenges stemming from climate change.

Check out this and tons more fascinating (albeit often quite disconcerting) Sentinel images
over on the Copernicus Image of the Day website