How mapping the weather 12,000 years ago can help predict future climate change

Ice Age glaciers can help us track the jet stream 12,000 ago, and by comparing its path today we can see how it's moving northwards, changing weather patterns and indicating climate change.

Brice Rea, Professor, Geography, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

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Shrinking glaciers have created a new normal for Greenland's ice sheet – consistent ice loss for the foreseeable future

Greenland's glaciers have retreated so far that they can no longer support the ice sheet that feeds them. The ice sheet system has reached a new normal of consistent annual ice loss.

Michalea King, Postdoctoral Climate Science Researcher, The Ohio State University • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

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Svalbard glaciers lost their protective buffer in the mid-1980s and have been melting ever since

Our research found these remote Arctic islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Michiel van den Broeke, Professor of Polar Meteorology and Scientific Director, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Video: How ancient ice cores show ‘black swan’ events in history – even pandemics

Ice cores can preserve evidence of 'black swan' events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Geography (Atmospheric Sciences), Senior Research Scientist, The Ohio State University • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Himalayas will be lost by 2100 if climate targets aren't met

How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.

Ann Rowan, Ice and Climate Research Fellow, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Glacier mice: these herds of moss-balls roam the ice – and we’re uncovering their mysteries

Glacier mice aren't rodents – they're mysterious balls of moss that manage to live in one of the world's harshest environments.

Stephen Coulson, Project Manager, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Giant ice machine leads to glacier ‘slip law’

The huge machine keeps ice at the right temperature to examine how melting glaciers slide. It led to a new "slip law" to benefit future research.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Robot kayaks find surprisingly fast tidewater glacier melting

Researchers used robotic kayaks to track meltwater and discovered that massive tidewater glaciers may be melting a lot faster than anyone thought.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~3 min

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Greenland ice loss is at ‘worst-case’ levels

Greenland is losing ice mass seven times faster than it did in the 1990s. "…we're in the worst-case scenario," says one researcher.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~4 min

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Vintage film reveals Thwaites Glacier thaw is faster than we knew

Newly digitized archival film footage suggests that the Thwaites Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica could collapse sooner than expected

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 9, 2019 ~5 min

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