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BLACK and BLOOM - Microbial processes darken and accelerate the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet

General

Organisation
Project start
01.01.2016
Project end
31.12.2017
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Cryosphere
Project topic
Cryosphere

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 67.0179977417, -50.69400024414

Fieldwork start
12.07.2016
Fieldwork end
05.08.2016

SAR information

Project details

02.09.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
The UK Natural Environment Research Council(NERC) has funded a consortium of UK scientist to work together with their international collaborators on issues related to why the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is accelerating. Global warming alone is not enough to account for the increasingly rapid melting of the ice sheet. Other factors are darkening the ice sheet surface, which results in greater rates of melting. The main focus of this large research project is based on our hypothesis that microbes thrive and bloom on melting snow and ice surfaces, and darken the ice sheet surface as a consequence.
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