The climate crisis continues, and the melting of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in Iceland is proof of that. Researchers from the Scottish University of Dundee showed the effects of how quickly its surface shrinks in a time-lapse video.
The glacier was recorded for six weeks, during which it drastically decreased its surface area. The material was prepared by Dr. Kieran Baxter from the University of Dundee in Scotland. The time-lapse video shows how quickly the centuries-old ice is shrinking.
– We set up the camera about a meter from the glacier’s front. We recorded it for six weeks and recorded the ice receding by several dozen meters, so it was quite a dramatic result for such a short time of observation. This is very disturbing. This marked acceleration of the melting process is inextricably linked to anthropogenic climate change, that is, caused by human activity, by greenhouse gas emissions, said Dr Baxter. – One of the difficulties with the climate crisis is that its effects are so visible to everyone. Changes occur on a chemical and molecular level, it is difficult to visualize it, and that is why we are looking for places like this that show us exactly what the climate crisis looks like – he added.
Iceland. Climate change and melting glaciers
Climate change and rising global average temperatures are threatening Iceland’s glaciers. The Vatnajökull ice sheet, one of the largest in Europe, has lost 150-200 cubic kilometers of ice since 1989, and its surface area has shrunk by more than 400 square kilometers, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported.
The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier is located in Vatnajökull National Park, approximately 380 kilometers from the country’s capital, Reykjavik.
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