Project gallery @home edition 2020

Climate Detectives @home is an ESA education project that challenges, students aged 12 – 18 years, and families to monitor our planet from home by looking from above.

From their vantage point in space, astronauts and satellites can see both the beauty and the fragility of our planet. You can also observe Earth from home and work like a real Earth scientist!

Participants were asked to choose an Earth observation image, using the EO Browser online tool, the ESA Earth Observation Image of the week gallery or the ESA astronauts’ Flickr accounts. In addition to the image, participants had to provide a short description linking the image to a climate problem.


Project title: Okjökull

Category: Snow, Ice and Glaciers

Author: Ioana Stoica Student’s age: 12 years old

Image source: EO Browser


A year has passed since the commemoration ceremony of the first lost glacier due to global warming – Okjökull. For this glacier a bronze plaque with a message for the future generations was unveiled.

Okjökull was located in the western part of the main island of Iceland, which is 101.826 square kilometers, the entire country measuring 103.000 square kilometers of land; 23% of the surface represents vegetation, 62,7% represents tundra, 3,3% – lakes and 11% – glaciers.
Okjökull was atop mountain Ok and it lost its status as a glacier in 2014. In 1890, it measured 16.000.000 square meters but in 2012 it measured only 700 square meters. What can still be seen shows very easily the disastrous effects of the global warming.
Scientists say that all the glaciers in Iceland are in danger and this will happen to all of them.

Images and descriptions are submitted by the teams/individuals and they take the full responsibility of the shared data.

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