New data from UO-led study may change glacial melt predictions


Researchers work on the MV Steller in front of Alaska's LeConte Glacier

Working in ice-clogged seawater in small chartered boats, a University of Oregon-led research team successfully used sonar to scan Alaska’s LeConte Glacier in the first field tests of a long-used theory on melting that occurs under glaciers.

The theory, used in modeling to project climate-driven sea level rise, was shot down in its first real-world test and may need to be revised.

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