Canadian Glaciers Thicker than Thought, but Still Melting

November 26, 2020

In 2012, I spent time with Ben Pelto and his Dad Mauri surveying glaciers in the Northern Cascades. Ben is now a researcher working in British Columbia, and has some significant new results.

4 Responses to “Canadian Glaciers Thicker than Thought, but Still Melting”

  1. grindupbaker Says:

    Well we’re generally Thicker than Thought. My thumbnail is just over the border (Mt. Baker/Shuksan ride)

  2. Keith McClary Says:

    This is what they are doing in the video:

    “Wearing skis, the researchers towed the radar equipment across the ice on two sleds. The rear sled held the transmitter and the front sled the receiver and computer. One team member held a leash attached to each sled to ensure the units traveled across the glacier in a straight line. ‘We must travel straight up and straight down the glacier slopes to collect accurate data, which is challenging,’ Pelto told GlacierHub. The slow, arduous nature of this work helps explain why glacier thickness has been difficult to quantify.”

  3. redskylite Says:

    Meanwhile in at the top and the bottom of the world:

    “There is going to be a gap of several years in our ability to measure the thickness of ice at the top and bottom of the world, scientists are warning.

    The only two satellites dedicated to observing the poles are almost certain to die before replacements are flown.

    This could leave us blind to some important changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic as the climate warms.”

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