Storms, Isolation, and Endless Days: Inside The Science Investigating Greenland’s Changing Ice Sheet
The Greenland ice-sheet is massive. So massive that if it were to melt completely, global sea-levels would rise by more than 6 meters. So if we're to successfully adapt to the challenges that climate change is going to bring about, it's critical that scientists understand how the ice-sheet is changing because of the extra heat our emissions have been trapping in the atmosphere.
Liam Colgan is a glaciologist and professor at York University who specifically studies the Greenland ice-sheet, and we managed to get a hold of him by satellite phone while he was in Greenland on a 36 day research expedition led by NASA. In our conversation with Liam, we learn how the nature of the Greenland ice sheet is changing due to climate change, why it matters, and what it's like to do research in such an extreme environment.
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