aerial photo of a valley glacier
Sólheimajökull valley glacier extending to the south.

IMO's glaciologist in 'NBC Today'

Indicators of global warming


Last week, there was a program on the news channel NBC, covering Iceland's clues to climate change and global warming.

Apart from a general account of history, population, volcanic geology and geothermal energy it was stated that Iceland's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

"There's tremendous change all around us," says Matthew J. Roberts, glaciologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, in an interview taken on Solheimajokull. "This is a type-site for glacial retreat in Iceland and, in fact, globally."

Sólheimajökull is one of several valley glaciers extending from Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. In total, glacial ice covers about 11% of Iceland.

"Here is a sign of ice melting in action," continues Matthew, showing water flowing along the glacier's edge. "This valley glacier is retreating exceptionally rapidly, in fact equivalent of the length of a football field annually."

The interview can be seen on the web together with the account of the visiting reporters.

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