REMA- A New Ray of Hope

Highest resolution map of Antarctica is out

The most accurate map of Antarctica is out as created by some scientists. It is a high-resolution terrain map with a range of 2 to 8 meters. The older maps had a resolution of 1000 meters.

“It is the highest-resolution terrain map by far of any continent,” said Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences and director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University.

“Up until now, we’ve had a better map of Mars than we’ve had of Antarctica,” Ian Howat, earth science professor at Ohio State, said in a statement. “Now it is the best-mapped continent on Earth.”

Stunning details now known

The masterminds behind this map of whom this is the creation belong from Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. According to them, this is the most accurate and complete for of it.

The satellites that cover the frozen continent are very expensive as they are of very high resolution; therefore, the images captured depict even the extremely minutest of details of the continent. Now, scientists will be better able to approach and address the issue of global warming and cllimate change.

In addition, scientists now have the accurate knowledge about how long every mountain in Antarctica is. They also know the depth of ice to precision.

“Considering that Antarctica is the highest, driest, and one of the most remote places on Earth, we now have an incredible topographic model to measure against in the future,” said Paul Morin, a University of Minnesota earth sciences researcher.

Global warming can be addressed more strictly

The landscape of Antarctica is victimized greatly by climate change and global warming and the original landscape has gone through many changes from past thirty to forty years. The ice melting in Antarctica has accelerated and tripled in recent years due to which sea level is rising up at an alarming rate. Three trillion tons of ice has already melted from the continent.

“Now we’ll be able to see changes in melting and deposition of ice better than ever before,” Morin said. “That will help us understand the impact of climate change and sea level rise. We’ll be able to see it right before our eyes.”

The map is called REMA – Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation has funded this project. Now, Antarctica is the best-mapped continent without any doubt.

Mr. Imran is a faculty in English and a linguistic by profession. His articles, short stories, and poems are regularly published in newspapers. He is also an analyst of international news and magazines.