Roundup: Gloomy Glaciologist, Icy Blasts, and New Models

Glaciologist Causes Chills with Not So Icy Predictions

“How does being the one to look at the grim facts of climate change most intimately, day in and day out, affect a person? Is Box representative of all of the scientists most directly involved in this defining issue of the new century? How are they being affected by the burden of their chosen work in the face of changes to the earth that could render it a different planet?”

(Photo:NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Jefferson Beck, please contact the photographer before using)
A man collects meltwater temperatures in Greenland, where Box does most of his research. (Photo:NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jefferson Beck, please contact the photographer before using)

Read more about the man who, for better or for worse, set off climate alarm bells.

 

Could Climate Change Cause More Icy Blasts?

“The degree of activity of the volcano provides a semiquantitative indication concerning the probability of future eruptive activity, but changes in snow and ice as induced by climate change and/or volcanic activity can superimpose fast or slow trends with respect to hazards and risks related to volcanoe-ice interactions…”

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The paper speaks of the particular risks the eruption of Mt. St Helens caused. (Photo: Eric Prado/Flikr, please contact the photographer before using)

Read more about the risks of volcano-ice interactions and how those risks might effect society.

High Resolution Model Accurately Recreates Glacier Variability

“Altogether, the model compares well with observations and offers possibilities for studying glacier climatic mass balance on Svalbard both historically as well as based on climate projections.”

Glaicer calving in Svalbard. (Photo:Gary Bembridge/Flikr, please contact the photographer before using)
Glaicer calving in Svalbard. (Photo:Gary Bembridge/Flikr, please contact the photographer before using)

Read more about how the researchers were able to get their models so accurate.

 

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