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  • “Red snow” algae accelerating glacier melt in the Arctic

    Scientists have discovered a troubling new characteristic of the tough algae that grow on the surface of Arctic glaciers: not only do they turn the glacier surfaces red, they accelerate the melting of the ice. Across the Arctic, from Greenland to Sweden, glacier ice is turning red in what has been termed “watermelon snow.” The…

  • Roundup: Climate Change and Algae Impact Rivers

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. Climate Cycles Influence River Flows in Pacific Northwest From Advances in Water Research: “We evaluate interannual flow variability in three transboundary PCTR [Pacific Coast Temperate Rainforest] watersheds in response to El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Arctic Oscillation (AO), and North Pacific Gyre…

  • Roundup: Icebergs, Mobile Toxins, Festive Algae

    Iceberg Ahead! A New Study Finds Way to Avert Disaster “When performing offshore operations in the Arctic, there are several challenges. One of those challenges is the threat of icebergs on offshore structures and vessels. Icebergs can exert extremely high loads on vessels, offshore platforms, and seabed installations.” Find out how the team is proposing…