Black and Bloom Ramps up Reflectivity Research

July 13, 2016

Black and Bloom is a UK based, multi-year project that will probe deeper into the interactions of Greenland ice with black carbon, dark algae, and increased melting.

Joe Cook is a key researcher in the effort. I interviewed Joe in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and also on the ice as the team was putting in on July 12.

For more, check out the interview with team member Chris Williamson the other day.

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6 Responses to “Black and Bloom Ramps up Reflectivity Research”


  1. You’re getting excellent interviews and beautiful supplemental footage.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      This trip has been a marvel – there is no way to thank all who have contributed, except work hard to integrate all this material.
      Will post a wrap up in coming days.
      The plan is to be flying to Copenhagen tomorrow, spend a couple days there, then home.


  2. Peter,

    please point your camera more at the ice surface when the researcher is trying to show examples of the discoloration from black carbon and algae blooms and less at the researcher as the important thing is for people to see the discoloration of the glacier and understand that is not natural.

    Thanks,
    Peterangelo

    • greenman3610 Says:

      yeah, get it, but frankly – although it’s hard to tell from the vid because I have the shutter closed down so much, the glare on the ice is such that you really can’t see the LCD at all, or just kind of faint shadows – so a lot of the time I’m just pointing the camera and hoping it’s in focus.(I’ve gotten better at making good guesses after 4 trips now)
      I do have some other good shots of the snow variations, so will include in future vids.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Appreciate the informative footage and interview regarding one of the scientific studies on the icesheet’s albedo. This information in nature.com yesterday . . .

    Tranter says he got the idea for Black and Bloom about four years ago, when he was working on the margins of the Greenland ice sheet and forgot his glacier goggles. He put his shaded cycling glasses on instead, and suddenly colour popped out at him. “Everywhere the ice surface was melting I could see a mauve colour,” he says. “I said guys, there’s tons of algae growing in this rotten ice.”

    http://www.nature.com/news/algae-are-melting-away-the-greenland-ice-sheet-1.20265


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