In the beginning of December 2013 three scientists from the Centre for Ice and Cli-mate fly to the Antarctic. First stop is the coastal station, Casey, where they are to spend well over a week with the final preparations before they by a small Basler air-plane fly the 550 km inland to the Aurora Basin North. During the antarctic summer they participate in an international project whose aim is to drill a 400 meter long ice core.
Glaciers at the edge of Greenland which are not connected to its huge ice sheet, or can be clearly separated from it, are contributing to sea-level rise much more than previously thought. Scientists from the University of Zurich together with colleagues from Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, have found out that, though these peripheral glaciers make up just 5-7 % of total ice coverage on the land mass, they account for up to 20% of the rise in sea level created by the region’s melting.