Greenland Thaw: Measuring Change

Malawi Earthquake Risk

Location: Upernavik islands, Greenland
Team: Dave Porter and Margie Turrin
Purpose: Glacier and Climate Research
Start Date: June 2014


Greenland’s ice sheets are shrinking faster than ever, responsible for about a quarter of sea-level rise globally. Alison Glacier on Greenland’s northwestern coast is one place where ice flow to the sea has speeded up. From a tiny hunting and fishing village in the Upernavik Islands, scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will take ocean measurements to understand why Alison is surging to the sea faster than nearby glaciers. They will also work with villagers to continue data collection when they’re gone.