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Sentinels bring new outlook to Tibet glaciers

26 April 2018

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On 17 July and 21 September 2016, two unprecedented giant ice avalanches of 70 or 80 million m3, respectively, rushed down from two adjacent glaciers in Tibet with speeds of up to 300 km/h, over slopes as low as a few degrees.

Data from the European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites were key to mapping the events, warning local authorities before the second avalanche struck.

But what have we learned about the events and how does the area look today?

Source: Sentinel Online

Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018)/processed by University of Oslo - False colour composite of Tibet glaciers

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