I've waited with this blog post to kick off a second round of donations for this worthy project, aimed at measuring the impact of changing wildfire and industrial soot levels on snow and ice reflectivity.
Because of a lack of government funding Dr. Jason Box from the Byrd Polar Research Center (here's his blog) is now trying to raise through crowdfunding the money that is needed to fly to the top of the Greenland ice sheet and take samples. This data is very useful, as the reflectivity of the Greenland ice sheet has been decreasing steadily for a while now. The effects of this decrease have been documented here and elsewhere around the web last summer, when practically all of the surface of the ice sheet was melting at some point, a rare occurance.
Lower reflectivity of course means more melting, so reducing soot emissions might be a great help in slowing down the current melting trend of the Greenland ice sheet (and perhaps some of the Arctic sea ice melt as well), but for that we need to know how big a role soot is playing in all of this.
This video from Peter Sinclair's blog explains it all
(please watch if you haven't already):
You can donate at the Dark Snow Project website.
From their website:
Founded in 2007 by James Balog, the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems. One aspect of EIS is an extensive portfolio of single-frame photos celebrating the beauty–the art and architecture–of ice. The other aspect of EIS is time-lapse photography; currently, 28 cameras are deployed at 13 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, the Nepalese Himalaya, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. These cameras record changes in the glaciers every half hour, year-round during daylight, yielding approximately 8,000 frames per camera per year. We edit the time-lapse images into stunning videos that reveal how fast climate change is transforming large regions of the planet.
This project also takes donations, so if you have some left... And if you don't, just go cold turkey on one of your addictions. That usually saves a lot of money and time. ;-)
There will be a donation button on this blog before the next melting season starts, as I've increasingly been having trouble justifying this whole endeavour to my wife.