First view of 2019 field site

It’s an unusually warm 17 C here in Svalbard this week, and the glaciers are responding by shedding their winter snow rapidly. In this short drone clip you can see the areas where snow melt has exposed the glacier ice underneath and dirty streaks where debris has washed over the surface. I’m expecting these warm temperatures to strip much more snow over the next week. My plan is to get onto the ice surface and start measuring and monitoring the surface change from tomorrow until the end of the month, using a set of spectroscopic and drone-mounted surveying techniques.

 

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