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The entire coast of Greenland is now ice free, unveiling spectacular, previously unknown landscapes through the lens of SPOT and Pléiades satellites.
Climate Change: the New Landscapes of Greenland
18/10/2023

The entire coast of Greenland is now ice-free, unveiling spectacular, previously unknown landscapes as observed by our SPOT, Pléiades and Pléiades Neo satellites.
As a new economic horizon is emerging for Greenland’s 56,000 inhabitants, satellite imagery enables us to observe the island’s evolving landscapes and identify the new challenges that the Northern Hemisphere’s largest landmass is facing due to climate change.

Climate Change: the New Landscapes of Greenland

Climate Change: the New Landscapes of Greenland

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Greenland map
New Greenland map of ice-free areas

DHI, a Danish company specialising in water management, water quality and climate change adaptation, has been piloting and distributing a new satellite image map of ice-free areas since 2018 using SPOT and Pléiades satellite data. This collaborative project, carried out with the Danish Agency for Data Supply and Infrastructure and the Autonomous Government of Greenland, provides both public administrations and private businesses with a new reference map at 1/50,000th scale, replacing a background that dated back to the 1930s and 1970s.

Greenland, landscapes in mutation
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Icebergs at the bottom of the fjords

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Crumbling glaciers falling into the ocean

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Retreating ice and snow carve out a new coastline

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Above the glaciers, rocks shed their snow 

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