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 … Continue reading First view of 2019 field site

National Geographic Explorers Festival London

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting at the National Geographic Explorer's Festival in London. This was an amazing opportunity to meet the inspirational Explorers and listen to them talk about AI solutions to conservation problems around the world. In the afternoon I spoke about my work on machine learning and remote … Continue reading National Geographic Explorers Festival London

Video: Alive and Well: Microbes Add to Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet

Peter Sinclair and Yale Climate Connections have released an excellent video detailing the role of microbial life in driving Greenland Ice Sheet melt, featuring several researchers from the Dark Snow Project and Black and Bloom. We were lucky enough to have Peter with us for a couple of days at the beginning of our trip in … Continue reading Video: Alive and Well: Microbes Add to Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet

Life on Greenland’s Ice: 2 short videos

Here are two short films that Peter Sinclair (DarkSnow and Climate Crocks) made over summer 2016. The first is an interview with me about Greenlan's surface reflectivity. The second is about the microbiology of algal blooms on the ice surface by fellow Black and Bloom postdoc Chris Williamson. see more at the Black and Bloom … Continue reading Life on Greenland’s Ice: 2 short videos

Video: What Lives on Ice and Snow?

Here's a link to Krzysztof Zawierucha's (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan) new film about the biology of ice and snow, including cryoconite holes, snow and ice surfaces. The film clearly shows why Earth's ice and snow represents a threatened store of biodiversity and illustrates some of the feedbacks between physical and biological processes operating in the cryosphere. See also Krzysztof's paper in … Continue reading Video: What Lives on Ice and Snow?