"Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May" article featuring ESS grad student Zack Labe

Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who is conducting sea ice research, told Mashable via Twitter that record warmth in the Arctic this winter "has really preconditioned the ice for the peak summer melt season." "We are entering the melt season with the worst sea ice conditions in our satellite era during the residuals of the likely warmest year on record. It just can't mean good things are to come unfortunately for the sea ice."

ESS Professor Eric Rignot featured in Washington Post Article

Take, for instance, Jakobshavn glacier of Greenland, which may be the fastest retreating major glacier in the world, and one that holds the potential for 0.6 meters (nearly 2 feet) of sea level rise, according to the University of California, Irvine glaciologist Eric Rignot. Jakobshavn’s flow speed increased greatly after the loss of its floating ice shelf, an extension of the glacier out over open water in the fjord where it lies, in the early 2000s.

ESS professor Eric Rignot featured in Washington Post

“It’s a confirmation of what some of the vulnerable sectors are, and it’s an eye opener on some of the other places that we haven’t thought through completely that need a little bit more attention,” says Eric Rignot, an expert on Antarctica’s ice at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the research. … What we still don’t understand − and the next challenge that arises in the wake of this research − is how to predict when an ice shelf is going to calve a large piece, or collapse, says Rignot.

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