Another year of shrinking glaciers predicted in Sweden’s Far North

View over mountains in Kebnekaise National Park in Sweden. (iStock)
A file photo view over mountains in Kebnekaise National Park in Sweden. (iStock)
  • Scientists stationed near Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain range, are expecting glaciers in the area to continue shrinking this year.
  • Tarfala valley’s great glacier, known as ”Storglaciären” in Swedish, is the world’s most well-researched glacier — its mass has been studied continuously for nearly 80 years.
  • But first tests show very little new snow cover on the glacier from this past winter: ”The snow depth was only 1.2 metres — we had at least double that amount in previous years,” says Nina Kirchner, director of the Tarfala research station.
Radio Sweden
For more on the scientists’ most recent glacier observations, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: “Our climate is changing before our eyes,” says WMO upon release of new report, Eye on the Arctic

Greenland: New study reveals Greenland’s glaciers losing more ice than thought, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Natural event seems to slow Icelandic glacier melt, Eye on the Arctic

United States: Bering Sea ice at lowest extent in at least 5,500 years, study says, Alaska Public Media

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