Shfaqat Abbas Khan

Shfaqat Abbas Khan

Professor

DTU SPACE
National Space Institute

Geodesy and Earth observation

Technical University of Denmark

Elektrovej

Building 328, room 114

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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Fax +45 45 25 95 75
E-mail abbas@space.dtu.dk
ORCID 0000-0002-2689-8563
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2019
Photo: DTU Space
21 JUN

Climate change can alter Greenland drastically

If climate change continues unabated, all the ice in Greenland may melt away in the course of just a thousand years and will lead to significant changes in the environment.

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
The ice cap is monitored via satellites combined with data from 57 GPS stations measuring directly on the bedrock in Greenland how much it rises when the ice on top of it melts away. In this way, the loss of ice is calculated very precisely.  Photo: Finn Bo Madsen.
22 JAN

Greenland ice melt accelerating dramatically

New study shows that the melt process reacts surprisingly quickly to changes in the atmosphere and the waters around Greenland.

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
2018
Illustration: NASA/Science
16 NOV

DTU contributes to mapping of unique meteorite crater in Greenland

An international team of researchers has discovered a giant meteorite crater—with a diameter of 31 km—buried deep under the inland ice in Greenland.

Geology Polar research Climate change
Antarctica mapped by satellite images. The bedrock below West Antarctica is rising surprisingly fast new research published in Science shows. (Image: USGS, NASA, National Science Foundation, British Antarctic Survey).
21 JUN

The bedrock below West Antarctica is rising surprisingly fast

An international study published in Science and lead by DTU Space finds that the bedrock below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising surprisingly fast which reveals an very fluid Earth Mantle. The findings have implications for the loss of ice at Antarctica.

Climate change Polar research Earth observation
Pine Island-gletsjeren er blandt de ismasser, der bidrager til den accelererende afsmeltning af is fra det vestlige Antarktis. Billedet er fra 2017, hvor et 1-2 km langt stykke is brækkede af gletsjeren - midten af billedet. (Foto: NASA)
13 JUN

Antarctica has suffered massive loss of ice since 1992

New research show that accelerating ice loss from Antarctica have increased sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992. DTU Space has contributed to the study mapping 25 years of Antarctic ice loss.

Ice research Climate change Earth observation
Photo: Anders Anker Bjørk
09 JAN

Greenland is changing – and rapidly

The river deltas along the coasts of Greenland are growing heavily as a result of the melting ice, and this may create problems for the ship traffic in several locations. The latest research from DTU joins the large number of scientific articles documenting a Greenland that is changing rapidly.

2017
Photo: Astrid Degerbøl
13 OCT

He knows how fast the ice is melting

Abbas Khan has worked at DTU Space for ten years. In his capacity as associate professor, he has provided the world with crucial new knowledge about the fast-melting ice caps in Greenland.

Earth sciences Climate change Ice research Polar research
2016
Zachariae Isbræ Northeast Greenland. Photo: Anders A Bjørk
21 SEP

The Greenland ice sheet has raised sea levels by over 4 metres

A new study in Science Advances has shown that the melting ice sheet is responsible for a much bigger rise in global sea levels than previously assumed.

Ice research Geology Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Earth observation
2015
Kangiata Nunata Sermia in Southwest Greenland The image shows different lines that marks the extent of the ice at different points in  time. The upper trimline (transition) between the ligther and darker valley sides marks the extent of the glacier during the Little Ice Age, while the lower lines shows the extent at later points in time. The height of the trimline is derived from aerial imagery, and this information is used to calculate the mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the twentieth century. Credit: Nicolaj Krog Larsen, Aarhus Universitet
17 DEC

Dramatic reduction of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 20th century

For the very first time, climate researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, together with, among others, DTU Space publish in the scientific journal Nature their direct observations of the reduction and melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the last 110 years.

Ice research Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Satelittes Earth observation
ESA picture of the Greenland ice sheet
11 MAY

Greenland Article the most read among IOP journals

A couple of weeks after publication of his article "Greenland ice sheet mass balance: a review" DTU Space researcher Abbas Khan, and his internation colleagues, had the pleasure of seeing their work reach the top of the 'Most read articles' list from prestigeous publisher, IOP. The article collects together all the scientific data about...

Earth observation Climate change
Swarm satellites mapping the Earth's magnetic field
05 JAN

DTU Space leads Danish research results in 2014

The Danish technical monthly 'Ingeniøren' (The Engineer), has named two research projects from DTU Space amongst its top five research results of 2014, and it was a DTU Space project that was crowned the research breakthrough of 2014.

2014
Photo: Colourbox
17 MAR

Northernmost section of the inland ice now melting

Rising temperatures in the Arctic are now affecting even the northernmost reaches of the inland ice. This is one of the findings revealed by new measurements of the North-East Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS), a giant glacier that has been losing ice mass progressively over the past 7–8 years. If this ice continues to melt, current models...

Space research Polar research Climate change
2012
Image of Greenlandic glaciers from the 1930's. Photo: Danish Arctic Institute.
18 JUN

Forgotten images shed light on Greenland's glaciers

Satellite images combined with a forgotten photo archive shed light on the melting of Greenland’s glaciers.

Polar research Ice research Earth observation