Video of the Week: Shedding Light on Glaciers

This week, journey to New Zealand’s largest glacier as Heath Patterson captures photographers Vaughan Brookfield and Tom Lynch and their attempt to literally shine a light on the impact of climate change through visual art.

After remaining at a constant length for all of its recorded history in the 20th century, the Tasman Glacier is now in a period of retreat. Brookfield and Lynch projected images on to the rapidly receding glacier to “remind people of the effects humans are having on the environment.”

This project was made possible by Canon Australia’s “Show Us What’s Possible” creative incubator. The story was also featured in The Guardian.

Read more glacier news at GlacierHub:

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The Curious Case of New Zealand’s Shrinking Glaciers

Roundup: Western Canada, Supercooled Water and Seaweed

Glacier Change: Dynamic Projections

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“Mountain glaciers around the world are in decay. According to a modelling study that — unusually — includes full ice flow physics, those in Western Canada will largely be restricted to the coastal region by the year 2100.”

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Supercooled Water near the Glacier Front 

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“Measurements of temperature and salinity were performed in the immediate vicinity of Paula Glacier in the Rinders Fjord (Spitsbergen) in March 2013. At a distance of 15 m from the glacier, we found water with significantly smaller salinity than the surrounding waters. The water temperature appeared 0.35°C lower than the freezing temperature.”

Read this article here.

 

The Impacts of Glacier Retreat on Seaweed Growth

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In Potter Cove, Antarctica, newly ice-free areas appeared due to glacial retreat. Simultaneously, the inflow of sediment increased, reducing underwater photosynthetically active radiation (PAR, 400–700nm).

Read more here.