Probing a glacier as it thaws
The New York Times reported on research by Laurence Smith, Department of Geography professor and IoES affiliate, aimed at measuring runoff from the melting of Greenland's massive ice sheet.
KANGERLUSSUAQ, Greenland -- In her knitted ski hat, parka and hiking boots, Åsa Rennermalm doesn't look like an accountant -- or a plumber.
But the Rutgers University hydrologist draws on both disciplines as she works at the southwestern edge of Greenland's vast ice sheet. She's spent the past four years trying to answer a deceptively simple question: When Greenland's ice melts, where does the water go?
She and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, are studying the runoff from one chunk of the Greenland ice sheet -- Russell Glacier, which sits 16 miles outside of this small town.
To read the full article by Lauren Morello at ClimateWire click here.
Published: Friday, August 05, 2011