What’s Happening to the Greenland Ice Sheet? (October 2017)

The Greenland ice sheet is one of the largest contributors to global sea level rise, and if completely melted, could add ~7 meters to sea level. In recent years, the imbalance of the ice sheet has increased with warmer atmospheric conditions. In this talk, Visiting Assistant Professor Samiah Moustafa describes the field’s current knowledge on…

Largest Glacier East Antarctic may add to Sea Level Rise (Totten Glacier)

Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the ocean are strong — a cause for concern because the glacier holds more than 11 feet of sea level rise and acts as a plug that helps lock in the ice…

Arctic Climate Feedbacks [peer-reviewed]

This peer-reviewed educational video introduces feedbacks that are important in the Arctic climate system. It is aimed at an undergraduate non-science major level. The video was produced by a team of CIRES scientists in collaboration with CIRES Education and Outreach. Video production was funded by Professor Jennifer Kay’s CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation…

Scientist Explains Climate Ice Core Proxies (2017)

This talk by Lonnie G. Thompson, focuses on glaciers as recorders and early indicators of climate change. The ongoing widespread melting of high-elevation glaciers and ice caps, particularly in low to middle latitudes, provides strong evidence that a large scale, pervasive and in some cases, rapid change in Earth’s climate system is underway. On Thursday…

Antarctic Volcanoes Waking up?

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Beneath Antarctica’s Ice http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/08/14/volcanoes-under-antarctica A new volcanic province: an inventory of subglacial volcanoes in West Antarctica http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/rbingha2/48_2017_Vries.pdf Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/scientists-discover-91-volcanos-antarctica How a melting ice…

NASA Laser Reveals Miles of Greenland Ice Loss

What if you could measure a glacier in such detail that you could visualize its surface in 3D? And what if you could compare that view with data from one, two, even 20 years ago? NASA airborne campaigns like Operation IceBridge have been measuring Greenland and Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets with a range of…

Little Algae creates Huge Melt Feedback on Greenland Ice

Algae responsible for large albedo feedback on Greenland’s frozen surface, not only soot and dust. We believe gathering measurements from the surface of Greenland ice is fundamental to advancing our understanding of the melting Arctic. http://darksnowproject.org Video via https://www.youtube.com/user/greenman3610 Dark Snow 2017 Update “Am I really seeing that?” is a common sensation here, as below,…

Vanishing Arctic Ice and Amplification

While heat waves and more intense storms have been directly linked to a warming Earth, new research is exploring possible impacts of an Arctic that is warming at twice the pace of the rise in global temperatures. Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University, discusses new research and efforts to understand this controversial aspect of climate change in…

Like Champagne opened, methane explosions resulted in Ocean craters

Like ‘champagne bottles being opened’: Scientists document an ancient Arctic methane explosion What could possibly go wrong, ignoring climate change, the warnings or clues from what science tells us, even if we were just creating a better world with clean energy, and millions of new jobs? One thing which could go very wrong, are based…

Larsen C likely to create largest Iceberg ever recorded

Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days References Content: Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/latest-research/antarcticiceriftclosetocalvingaftergrowing17kmin6days.php Larsen C video by British Antarctic Survey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAM0tZB0aIc Music by Stephen Lu http://chibola.com Additional video footage via http://pixabay.com Related Larsen Ice Shelf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larsen_Ice_Shelf Larsen Ice Shelf Meets Open…