Did a Greenland Asteroid Cause Abrupt Warming Last Ice Age?

We report the discovery of a large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. From airborne radar surveys, we identify a 31-kilometer-wide, circular bedrock depression beneath up to a kilometer of ice http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaar8173 Hiawatha Glacier https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiawatha_Glacier Sources Discovering a massive meteorite crater https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ9maLsIcts Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the…

Permafrost Melt Fires may Accelerate Greenland Melt

Dr. Nikolaos Evangeliou on climate change and wildfires (Oslo, August 2018). Evangeliou works at NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research http://nilu.no “If larger fires would burn, they would actually have a substantial impact on melting,” Stohl said. And, there’s a greater chance of such fires, if more of Greenland’s permafrost melts and exposes peat…

Can We Build a Giant Ocean Wall to Stop Sea Level Rise?

Is unavoidable sea level rise an engineering problem, do we have the capabilities for a technological fix? John C. Moore from the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland presents these ideas in his October 2018 talk, “Stopping the flood – Can we engineer ice sheets and save the homes of a billion people?” Open…

ICE ALIVE – Documenting Life and Rapid Change

Joseph Cook is taking a closer look at the microbial life that can be found all over the planet’s glaciers and ice sheets. It is increasingly clear that this rich ecosystem affects the melt rates of polar ice and snow and could be accelerating climate change. Narrated by Jim Al-Khalili and starring Chris Hadfield. For…

How Greenland’s Melt Raises Seas. What will be left?

This video provides an outline on the accelerated ice loose from Greenland, explains the mechanism causing the melt, and features the new stunning visualization of Greenland without ice. Teaser image https://pixabay.com/en/ice-sea-light-nature-greenland-463845 Konrad Steffen’s full talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0ynd1Vesk How Greenland Would Look Without Its Ice Sheet, British Arctic Survey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hGSvgE7jGA Little Algae creates Huge Melt Feedback on…

NASA’s Mission to Explore Greenland’s Ice Melt (Raw)

The Oceans Melting Greenland mission seeks to understand how ocean water is contributing to ice loss in Greenland. In October 2017, mission scientists and crew dropped 240 ocean probes from a C-130 aircraft into the waters around Greenland to measure ocean temperature. Footage includes interior and exterior shots of the aircraft with crew and scientists…

Experts: Permafrost + Gas Hydrates in Arctic, Greenland SLR, Security


In this panel, Vladimir Romanovsky (University of Alaska Fairbanks), talks about thawing permafrost. Anders Levermann (PIK) 12:30 ,talks about Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise, David Titley (Ret. U.S. Navy Admiral, now Pennsylvania State University) 23:38 , talks about security, with a subsequent panel discussion 33:34 . Video via Earth Institute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFe3GOCBZO8

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…

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,…

Konrad Steffen: The Melting of Greenland (March 2017)

Konrad Steffen director of the Swiss Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, gave this talk at the event Artico. Ultima Frontiera Summit On Climate Change, Venice (Italy), March 6, 2017, hosted by the University Ca’ Foscari. Event info page https://www.unive.it/pag/14024/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=2586&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=120539712ba6b06aa1dab94426b5b261 Konrad Steffen’s homepage at Colorado University http://cires.colorado.edu/emeritus/konrad-steffen Teaser image mockup, via latest NASA Grace…

NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland (Solitary Wave)

A new NASA study finds that during Greenland’s hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island’s west coast didn’t just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier’s interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6857 “You could…