What will happen if Greenland's ice melts?

Published October 1, 2018

Public Radio International's "The World," a program carried on NPR stations nationwide, traveled to Greenland in 2017 with Jason Briner, professor of geology and an internationally known climate researcher. The radio program carried a three-day, three-part series discussing the future of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Briner's research on this topic, which has implications for global sea level rise. The stories captured life in field camp in the remote areas of Greenland where Briner works, and also featured UB PhD students Brandon Graham and Allison Cluett — part of Briner's Greenland field team — and UB PhD graduate Nicolas Young, now a scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Briner's research uses geological clues to study how the Greenland Ice Sheet responded to prehistoric climate change, with an eye toward improving computer models of future ice sheet change and sea level rise. "The samples we’re collecting are helping us understand how the ice sheet has changed in the past,” Briner told PRI. “It allows us to get a longer-term glimpse of how the ice sheet responds to climate change.” He is a member of the UB geology department's growing climate change research group.

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