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.

ESS Professor Adam Martiny featured on NPR

With so much attention on California’s drought and the incoming El Niño, the anomalies in California’s warmer ocean temperatures may simply seem like something to enjoy. Surfers and swimmers rejoice as they jump in with a wetsuit-free splash. Reminiscent of tropical beaches, Southern California’s ocean temperatures have been unusually tepid. A recent report from NPR features Adam Martiny, UC Irvine Associate Professor of Earth System Science, regarding a new study published in November 2015.

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