Lassonde professor’s climate change research attracts global attention
Lassonde Professor William Colgan‘s research, published earlier this month in Nature Climate Change, has attracted global media interest and the attention of major publications. Professor Colgan is a co-author of a study that shows that the Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than previously anticipated by scientists.
The study focuses on examining the firn – a porous layer of built-up snow that slowly freezes into ice over time – which scientists believed absorbed a large amount of meltwater.
Professor Colgan and fellow researchers found that due to extreme melting during 2010 and 2012, the firn had solidified to prevent absorption of meltwater, which has increased meltwater runoff.
This study has been covered in media outlets in Canada and worldwide.
Check out some of the coverage below.