BLACK and BLOOM - Microbial processes darken and accelerate the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Type of project
Fieldwork / Study
Geolocation is 67.0179977417, -50.69400024414
Science / project plan
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.