At years’ end 2016 denial of climate change is being promoted at the highest level of the incoming Trump administration in the US. This in spite of the fact that even the coldest parts of planet earth are now warming at an unprecedented rate.
Professor Jason Box is one of the world’s experts on the Greenland ice sheet. He is professor in glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. He moved to Denmark to be closer to the one field of study that he is dedicated to with a kind of passion and sense of responsibility that is unusual for a tenured Professor. While working at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University from 2002-2012 he began field work on the Greenland ice and has made over 20 expeditions since 1994.
He spent more than one year on Greenland ice as a result of these expeditions, was for five consecutive years (2008-2012) the lead author of the Greenland section of NOAA’s annual State of the Climate report, and was a contributing author to the IPCC’s fourth assessment report. Jason Box is even known in popular science through his participation in the movie Chasing Ice.
Film maker James Balog said that the mission of Chasing Ice was to change history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a team of helpers, Balog began deploying time-lapse cameras across Greenland and the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s melting glaciers.
In early October 2016 Prof. Jason Box gave a talk in Copenhagen at the opening of a lecture series called Science and Cocktails. The organizers wanted him to explain the physical causes of the melting of the ice sheet and why the current computer models fail to explain the quite frightening acceleration of the Greenland melt.
He was recorded on Oct. 8, 2016.
Credit: Science&Cocktails, Copenhagen