Coronavirus puts Arctic climate change research on ice

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-puts-arctic-climate-change-research-on-ice/a-53061086

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Coronavirus lockdowns have been touted on social media as helping to fight climate change. But in the Arctic Circle the virus is disrupting climate science. It could leave important gaps in our understanding. Every year 150 climate scientists fly far into the wilderness and bore deep into Greenland’s largest glacier. Their work is complicated and important. The EastGRIP project is trying to understand how ice streams underneath the glacier are pushing vast amounts of ice into the ocean, and how this contributes to rising sea levels. But this year the drills will be silent. The ice streams will go unmeasured.