The following is a list of summaries and quotes from recent articles about the BPRC in print, online, and on television.
National Geographic, January 2013 Issue. The Age of Exploration: Ice Investigator. Lonnie Thompson is interviewed for National Geographic's 125 Years of Exploration feature in their January issue. Read article
National Science Foundation, December 24; The Columbus Dispatch, December 24; The Columbus Dispatch, December 30. The warming of West Antarctica. Multiple news sources cover a study recently published in Nature Geoscience which shows that West Antarctica is warming twice as fast as previously estimated. The articles quote authors David Bromwich, senior research scientist at BPRC, PhD candidates Julien Nicolas and Aaron Wilson, and colleague Andrew Monaghan. Read the publication in Nature Geoscience
OSU Research News, December 5. Fire and Ice: Wildfires Darkening Greenland Snowpack, Increasing Melting. Satellite observations have revealed the first direct evidence of smoke from Arctic wildfires drifting over the Greenland ice sheet, tarnishing the ice with soot and making it more likely to melt under the sun. At the American Geophysical Union meeting this week, Jason Box presented images from NASA's CALIPSO satellite, which captured smoke from Arctic fires billowing out over Greenland during the summer of 2012. Read Article
Eos: Transactions, August 2012. Abrupt Climate Change: Mechanisms, Patterns, and Impacts. Harunur Rashid, research scientist at the Byrd Center, is interviewed in AGU's Eos magazine about piecing together ancient climes, the effect of abrupt change on historical civilizations, and why younger researchers may be more worried about modern warming than their teachers. Rashid along with other Byrd researchers recently published an AGU monograph entitled Abrupt Climate Change: Mechanisms, Patterns, and Impacts. Read Article | View publication
OurAmazingPlanet, MSNBC, Christian Science Monitor, Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 17. Iceberg bigger than Manhattan breaks from Greenland glacier. A massive iceberg, 120 square kilometers in size, broke away from the Petermann Glacier on Monday morning. The Petermann Glacier is one of the largest on Greenland. Jason Box, a research scientist at the Byrd Center, predicted the calving last September.
Climate Central, June 29. Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Nearing Critical 'Tipping Point'. "The Greenland ice sheet is poised for another record melt this year, and is approaching a "tipping point" into a new and more dangerous melt regime in which the summer melt area covers the entire land mass, according to new findings from polar researchers." Article quotes BPRC research scientist Jason Box. Read Article
OSU Research News, May 29. Discovery of Historical Photos Sheds Light on Greenland Ice Loss. Article describes how a chance discovery of 80-year-old photo plates in a basement at the National Survey and Cadastre of Denmark are helping to reconstruct glacier change. The photos are from Knud Rasmussen's expedition to the southeast coast of Greendland in the early 1930s. Jason Box, research scientist at the Byrd Center, took part in the analysis and is quoted in the article. News Article • Read the publication in Nature Geoscience
OSU Research News, January 9. New Cores from Glacier in the Eastern European Alps May Yield New Climate Clues. A team of Byrd Polar Research Scientists and their European colleagues are beginning their analysis of what are probably the first successful ice cores drilled to bedrock from a glacier in the eastern European Alps. With luck, that analysis will yield a record of past climate and environmental changes in the region for several centuries, and perhaps even covering the last 1,000 years. Expedition leader is Paolo Gabrielli, a research scientist at the Byrd Center; research team co-leader is Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences at Ohio State. Read Article
The Antarctic Sun, January 6. Article describes how Victor Zagorodnov, research scientist at the Byrd Center, and his team installed fiber optic temperature sensors near McMurdo, Antarctica to test whether they can rapidly measure temperatures of ice, water, and soil at different levels. Read Article
NOAA ClimateWatch Magazine, December 30. Greenland Ice Sheet Getting Darker. "The bright white surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet reflects well over half of the sunlight that falls on it. In summer, this reflectiveness helps the ice sheet maintain itself: less absorbed sunlight means less heating and melting. In the past decade, however, satellite observations show a drop in Greenland's reflectiveness. The darker surface absorbs more sunlight, accelerating melting." Jason Box, lead author of the Greenland chapter of the 2011 Arctic Report Card, is quoted. Read Article
OSU Research News, December 16. Climate Scientists Named to Receive Benjamin Franklin Medal. "Two Ohio State University climate scientists have been selected to receive this year's Benjamin Franklin Medal from The Franklin Institute, a prestigious honor previously awarded to scientists such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall and Jacques Cousteau. Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, distinguished university professor of geography and director of the Byrd Polar Research Center, will receive the Institute's award for Earth and Environmental Science during ceremonies in April." Read Article
CBS News, LiveScience.com, December 13. Half century of history melts with glacier's passing. Mary Davis, research scientist at the Byrd Center, is quoted. Davis was presenting at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in San Francisco. Read Article
OurAmazingPlanet, September 1; The New York Times (Green Blog), August 31. Giant Chunk of Greenland Shelf Ice Set to Break Away. An ice shelf is poised to break off from the Petermann Glacier on Greenland and float out to sea as an island twice the size of Manhattan, according to an interview with Jason Box, research scientist at the Byrd Center. Read Article
NPR Weekend Edition, August 20. Trying To Unravel The Mysteries Of Arctic Warming. Leonid Polyak is interviewed on the radio program discussing the loss of sea ice in the Arctic and its impact on climate feedbacks and wildlife. Read and listen to story
OSU Research News, May 24. Two Greenland Glaciers Lose Enough Ice to Fill Lake Erie. "A new study aimed at refining the way scientists measure ice loss in Greenland is providing a "high-definition picture" of climate-caused changes on the island. And the picture isn't pretty. In the last decade, two of the largest three glaciers draining that frozen landscape have lost enough ice that, if melted, could have filled Lake Erie." The study is led by Ian Howat and Yushin Ahn. Read Article
The Big Ten Network, April 26. Game Changers, Episode 105, produced by WOSU. Host Brittany Westbrook highlights stories of innovation from The Ohio State University. Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, two pioneers of climate research at Ohio State, explain their amazing ice core discoveries, the challenges of a typical drilling expedition and the physical demands of collecting history to document the realities of global climate science and advocate for cleaner energy solutions. Watch episode on YouTube • Programming information
Quirks & Quarks, April 2. Mummified Forest. The award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Joel Barker about his research of a mummified forest at the north end of Ellesmere Island in Canada. This interview is related to the news story listed below for December 16, 2010. Listen to the interview (MP3) • Episode information
NBC Learn, March 18. Melting Mountain Glaciers. Lonnie Thompson is interviewed for a video segment on NBC Learn, covering the retreat of glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Watch Video
The Columbus Dispatch, December 19. Getting warmer: Climatologist says it's time to act on global warming. Spencer Hunt interviews Lonnie Thompson about his latest paper, "Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options," in which Thompson offers his conclusions on what must be done to address global warming. Read Article
CBS News, December 16; The Columbus Dispatch, December 17; OSU Research News, December 17. Ancient Arctic forest offers clues to warming. Article discusses the recent fieldwork of Joel Barker, who recently uncovered a mummified forest on Ellesmere Island, Canada. "Those findings, and others that might follow another planned trip to the Arctic, might help scientists determine how the world's coldest regions will respond to ongoing global warming."
The New York Times (Dot Earth Blog); OSU Research News, December 8; The Columbus Dispatch, December 19. Several sources report that Lonnie Thompson has published a paper intended for social scientists and behavior experts. The paper is the first time that Dr. Thompson has indicated specific actions that need to be taken to help us forestall the growing impacts of climate change. Read Article • Read paper on climate actions (PDF)
OnEarth Magazine, November 24. Life and Death in a Dry Land. In the article, writer George Black explains important problems we face as glaciers disappear. In particular, he writes about Lonnie Thompson and colleagues who ascend Peru's glaciers to better understand our world's climatic past and hence gain insights for its future. Read Article
OSU Research News, Science Daily, Vancouver Sun, LiveScience, Times of India, Montreal Gazette, and others; June 4. Arctic Ice at Low Point Compared to Recent Geologic History. The first comprehensive history of Arctic ice, carried out by a team of scientists from five countries, reports that less ice covers the Arctic today than at any time in recent geologic history. Leonid Polyak, a research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, is lead author on the paper to be released in an upcoming issue of Quaternary Science Reviews. "For decades, scientists have strived to collect sediment cores from the difficult-to-access Arctic Ocean floor, to discover what the Arctic was like in the past. Their most recent goal: to bring a long-term perspective to the ice loss we see today."
The Columbus Dispatch, April 4. 50 years at the bottom of the world. Article discusses the 50-year history of the Byrd Polar Research Center and its contributions to the polar sciences. Read Article
The Columbus Dispatch, April 4. Globetrotters: Byrd scientists travel from one end of the planet to the other to tell Earth's changing story. Article discusses the research performed by scientists at the Byrd Center, by the numbers. "We have long and very productive collaborations with many research organizations and many scientists," said Mosley-Thompson, who directs the Byrd Center. "Our tentacles, meaning people whose professional lives have been touched by the Byrd center, are global." David Bromwich, Lonnie Thompson, C.K. Shum, and Peter Barrett are also mentioned or quoted. Read Article
WUSF, St. Petersburg Times, February 10. Lonnie Thompson: "Glacial" No Longer Means Slow. Lonnie Thompson, research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center, spoke to students and the public at the University of South Florida's opening of its School of Global Sustainability. He was also interviewed by WUSF. Listen to the interview.
Science Daily, December 16. Greenland Glaciers: Water Flowing Beneath Ice Plays More Complex Role. Article discusses research by Ian Howat and others that shows increasing glacier speed is not primarily associated with subglacial meltwater, but rather the ocean water at the front of the glacier. The team of researchers are building and deploying low-cost GPS units to track meltwater and glacial flow. Read Article
NBC, December 8. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. NBC Nightly News aired an investigative report on deglacination and Peru's pending water crisis. The BPRC Ice Core Group were interviewed in the field in Peru.
OSU Research News, December 1. Ohio State Glaciologist Named to Chinese Academy of Sciences. "Lonnie Thompson, professor of earth sciences and research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences." Read Article
BBC, November 14. Hot Cities, a television series on the BBC, aired an episode, Meltdown! The series looks at the problem of water shortages and climate change, with clips from BPRC/CWC field research in the Andes Mountains in Peru. View episode online
The Antarctic Sun, November 13. Breaking the ice. Article discusses the first US female scientists to work in Antarctica, all from the Byrd Polar Research Center (originally the Institute of Polar Studies). Read Article
CNN, New York Times, CBC, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters India, Times Online,
National Geographic News, ABC (Spanish), and others;
November 2. Glaciers disappearing from Kilimanjaro. Multiple news sources covered a research paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The research paper explains that the ice sheet that capped Mt. Kilimanjaro was 85% smaller than the one in 1912. These glaciers may be gone within 20 years.
The research paper's authors include Lonnie Thompson, Henry Brecher, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Doug Hardy, and Bryan Mark.
Other news coverage: OSU Research News
OSU Research News, October 27; PhysOrg, November 2. Newly Drilled Ice Cores May be the Longest Taken From The Andes. "Researchers spent two months this summer high in the Peruvian Andes and brought back two cores, the longest ever drilled from ice fields in the tropics. Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson said that this latest expedition focused on a yet-to-be-named ice field 5,364 meters above sea level in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range." Research Story
Eos, Transactions, October 20. Meeting: Understanding the Extent and Causes of Abrupt Climate Change. Article discusses the Chapman Conference on Abrupt Climate Change, which was held in Columbus on June 15-19. The conference was hosted at OSU and organized by Byrd Polar member Harunur Rashid. Nearly 100 scientists from multiple disciplines attended the conference. News Story
BBC, August 13. Antarctic glacier 'thinning fast'. The article discusses the rapid thinning of the Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica. "A study of satellite measurements of Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica reveals the surface of the ice is now dropping at a rate of up to 16m a year." Jason Box is quoted regarding similar melting in the Arctic region and Greenland. Read Article
Consortium for Ocean Leadership, June 16. Sediment Yields Climate Record For Past Half-Million Years. "Researchers here have used sediment from the deep ocean bottom to reconstruct a record of ancient climate that dates back more than the last half-million years." The record is also important as scientists try to understand how major ocean currents shifted and the extent of the ice sheet that covered North America during the last 130,000 years. Harunur Rashid, a post-doctoral fellow at BPRC, is quoted in the article. The research was presented at the The AGU Chapman Conference, held on the OSU Campus on June 15th - 19th. News Story
The Lantern, May 12. Global warming: OSU speaks. Article discusses a survey of 3,568 undergraduate students from Ohio State. Jason Box, Carol Landis, and Paolo Gabrielli are quoted. Read Article
Earth & Sky, March 7. Scientists track changes in Antarctic ice sheet. Podcast with Terry Wilson discussing the POLENET research project which is tracking the movement of ice and bedrock in Antarctica. Listen to Podcast
The Columbus Dispatch, February 26. Young explorers to chill out during hands-on program. Byrd Center education-outreach specialist Carol Landis is quoted in the article. Read Article
ScienceDaily, December 16. Greenland's Glaciers Losing Ice Faster This Year Than Last Year, Which Was Record-setting Itself. "Researchers watching the loss of ice flowing out from the giant island of Greenland say that the amount of ice lost this summer is nearly three times what was lost one year ago." The research was presented by Jason Box, along with graduate students Russell Benson and David Decker, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Read Article
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9. Jason Box, associate professor of geography, is quoted in an article about how research by himself and others has shown that global warming is causing Greenland glaciers to melt at an unprecedented rate.
Montreal Gazette, October 31. David Bromwich, professor of geography, is quoted in an article about a new study by Canadian researchers looking at the impact of humans on global warming. Bromwich said the study convincingly shows that humans have indeed contributed to warming in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Philadelphia Daily News, October 21. Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences. Article mentioned that he is featured in the PBS Frontline presentation titled "Heat", which concerns global warming.
Science News, October 13. One Rockin' Library. Article about Julie Codispoti and the Byrd Center's Polar Rock Repository. Read Article
Toledo Blade, October 12-15. On Thin Ice. Jason Box, Ian Howat, and Lonnie Thompson are quoted or interviewed on video for a four-day series on climate change. Read Articles (see blue bar alongside the text for others)
OSU Office of Research, September. Research Awareness Month. Website advertising the Research Support Expo includes a video with a quote from Berry Lyons, Director of BPRC. Watch Video
Vancouver Sun, Sept. 20; United Press International, Sept. 17. Ian Howat, assistant professor of earth sciences and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center. Article about his research that found the melting of small glaciers, not large, account for most of Greenland's recent loss of ice. Research Story
Associated Press, August 22; United Press International, August 21; Agence France Presse (French wire service), Aug. 21. Article discusses the work of Jason Box and his team of graduate students. They review satellite images that show break-ups at two of the largest glaciers in Greenland during the last month. He expects that part of the Northern hemisphere's longest floating glacier will continue to disintegrate within the next year. Research Story
The Antarctic Sun, August 15 and others. Byrd Polar Research Center. A series of reports on one of the nation's premiere polar and alpine science institutions. View Articles
Associated Press, July 8. Lonnie Thompson is quoted in an article about why the glaciers on Mt. Shasta in California are continuing to grow, while most glaciers around the world are shrinking due to global warming.
United Press International, May 12. Article covers the research of David Bromwich, professor of geography, which found that computer analyses of global climate have been consistently overstating warming in Antarctica. Research Story
Nature, April 16. Climate change: Losing Greenland. Article discusses ice loss from Greenland, the Earth's biggest ice sheet, and a network of stations that is being built to monitor ice loss. Ian Howat, Michael Bevis, Jason Box, and Adam Herrington are quoted or mentioned. Read Article
Associated Press, February 12; United Press International, February 13; Associated Press, May 19. Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences, and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, professor of geography, are among this year's winners of the prestigious Dan David Prize. They won for their work on glacial records that point to global climate change. Research Story • Information on the Prize
New York Times, January 20. Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences. Article mentioned his research that suggests that the famous ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro is melting away because of global climate change and may disappear in the near future. Research Story
The Lantern, January 15. Scientists explore ice caps. Article highlights the work of Dr. Terry Wilson, professor in the School of Earth Sciences, and her students with the POLar Earth observing NETwork (POLENET) and the techniques that are being implemented. "POLENET is an international consortium that will be planting GPS stations, much like the ones in cars and handheld devices, and seismologic sensors along the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Four researchers from Ohio State are currently deployed in Antarctica as part of this season's 13-person installation team." Read Article
The Washington Post, MSNBC, January 14. Escalating ice loss found in Antarctica. "The new findings come as the Arctic is losing ice at a dramatic rate and glaciers are in retreat across the planet. At a recent annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Ohio State University professor Lonnie Thompson delivered a keynote lecture that described a significant speed-up in the melting of high-altitude glaciers in tropical regions, including Peru, Tibet and Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya." Read Article
EurekAlert!, January 10. Climate change, gender differences, health among EurekAlert! 10 Most Popular Stories in 2007. "Meanwhile, the third most popular story was based on an Ohio State University study that showed temperatures in Antarctica during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models. Most models predict that both precipitation and temperature will increase over Antarctica with a warming of the planet. [...] David Bromwich, professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Geography, and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, reported however, 'It's hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now.'" Read Article
onCampus, January 9. In search for water on Mars, clues from Antarctica. Article discusses research done in the Dry Valleys in Antarctica by the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, whose lead principal investigator is Berry Lyons, director of the Byrd Polar Research Center. LTER scientists found many similarities between the Dry Valleys on Earth and sites on Mars where water appears to have flowed to the surface. Read Article
New York Times, January 8; International Herald Tribune, Jan. 8. Jason Box, associate professor of geography. Article mentioned his research that found the current warming and melting of Greenland's glaciers that has alarmed the world's climate scientists also occurred in the decades following an abrupt warming in the 1920s. Research Story
Associated Press, January 5. Major article about Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences, and his new expedition to remote New Guinea glaciers, where he will be studying vanishing clues to climate through the ages.
MSNBC, December 14. Mysterious mud waves found on Arctic seafloor. "Along parts of the Arctic Ocean floor, currents have driven mud into huge piles, with some 'mud waves' nearly 100 feet across. [...] 'The mud waves could be caused by tidal fluctuations,' said expedition scientist Leonid Polyak of Ohio State University. 'But that's really just speculation at this point.'" News Article
OSU Research News, December 7. Earth's Heat Adds to Climate Change to Melt Greenland Ice. Article discusses Ralph von Frese's research into "hotspots" under Greendland which may be melting the ice above or enabling ice to slide more rapidly out to sea. Research Story
National Science Foundation, October 9. Explorers Club to Honor NSF-Funded Researchers and Glaciologist for Climate-Science Breakthroughs. "W. Berry Lyons, an NSF grantee, director of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University and lead principal investigator for the McMurdo Dry valleys Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) project will be honored for his studies of the geochemistry of global climate change." Press Release
The Columbus Dispatch; OSU Research News, October 9. Researchers Find Evidence of Warming Climate in Ohio. "Summer nights in Ohio aren't cooling off as much as they used to — and it's likely a sign of climatic warming across the state, researchers say. Jeffrey Rogers, professor of geography at Ohio State University, led the new study, which found that average summer nighttime low temperatures in Ohio have risen by about 1.7 degrees Celsius (about 3 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 1960s. [...] Coauthors on the study included Sheng-Hung Wang, a research associate at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Research Story • News Story
Apple.com, October 8. Drilling for Insight in Antarctica. Professor Larry Krissek, OSU School of Earth Sciences, Geological Sciences Division, appears in this article on the Apple.com website. This article features details of the ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological Drilling) project. Read Article
International Herald Tribune, July 17. Alarm over Indian glacier's hasty retreat. "Another glacier that Dobhal has tracked, known as Dokriani, lost 20 percent of its size in three decades. Between 1991 and 1995, its snout withdrew almost 17 meters each year. Similar losses are being seen around the world. Lonnie Thompson, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, found a 22 percent loss of ice on the Qori Kalis glacier in Peru between 1963 and 2002." Read Article
Smithsonian Magazine, July 2007. Chronicling the Ice. "Long before global warming became a cause célèbre, Lonnie Thompson was extracting climate secrets from ancient glaciers. He finds the problem is even more profound than you might have thought." Read Article
OSU Research News; National Science Foundation; Associated Press; May 29. Lonnie Thompson To Receive National Medal of Science. On May 29, 2007, President Bush announced the recipients of the 2005 Medal of Science, America's highest honor for scientific achievement. "Lonnie Thompson, the Ohio State University glaciologist who has probably spent more time at high altitudes than any other person, was named today to receive the National Medal of Science for his work providing explicit evidence of global climate change." News Story • White House/NSF Press Release
Washington Post, March 22. Exploring Antarctica. Adam Lewis, a geologist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, participated in an online discussion about Antarctica and his travels there. You can also see him in a Washington Post Special Report titled, Exploring Antarctica. Multimedia report • Transcript of the discussion
OSU Research News, March 1. Worldwide research network needed to study Arctic. "An Ohio State University geologist today outlined a new plan to oceanographers that would consolidate much of the world's studies on the Arctic region into a global observation network. 'This is basically a plan to better understand how the Arctic is changing, but doing it in a new systematic, international and pan-Arctic way,' explained Berry Lyons, professor in the School of Earth Sciences and director of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University." Research Story
Ohio State Alumni Magazine, March 2007. She studies sand by the seashore. "Welcome to Diane Foster's world. As a coastal engineer, Foster studies one of the most dynamic environments on the planet, the place where sea and shore intersect. Though she jokes that she gets paid to go to the beach, she's actually trying to understand the changes that occur when the shoreline is assaulted by storms." News Story
Washington Post, Feb. 18; Investor's Business Daily, Feb. 21. Article mentions David Bromwich, professor of atmospheric sciences, and his research on climate in Antarctica which shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models. Research Story
Associated Press, Feb. 11; Times of London, Feb. 16; Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 16; Calgary Herald, Feb. 16; United Press International, Feb. 19; CBC News, Feb. 19; Los Angeles Times, April 7; U.S. News & World Report, June 4. Peru's glacier vanishing, scientists warn. "Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson and a team of scientists said they have found evidence the Qori Kalis glacier of the Quelccaya ice cap in the Peruvian Andes could lose half its mass in 12 months and could be gone five years from now." Thompson received major coverage for a presentation he made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Research Story
The Columbus Dispatch, February 2. Global Warning. "If climate scientists have one hope for the global-warming report that will be released today in Paris, it is that policymakers and the public understand that Earth is teetering on calamity. 'I think we're running out of time,' said Lonnie Thompson, an Ohio State University climate researcher who contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report." News Story
CNN; New York Post, January 29; Montreal Gazette, January 29; Associated Press, January 29. Experts Slam Upcoming Global Warming Report. "'They don't take into account the gorillas -- Greenland and Antarctica,' said Ohio State University earth sciences professor Lonnie Thompson, a polar ice specialist. 'I think there are unpleasant surprises as we move into the 21st century.'"
The Columbus Dispatch, December 19. Research Knows No Holiday. Article discusses how scientists often have to use Christmas or other holiday breaks to do research. Becki Witherow, Joel Barker, and Berry Lyons are quoted in the article. Read Article
Live Science, December 13; United Press International, December 12. Invisible Mountains Revealed Under Greenland Ice. "Veiled by more than a mile of ice, an expanse of heavily scoured mountains and valleys in Greenland has remained out of sight until now. Using a new radar technique, scientists have constructed crude but useful 3-D images of the hidden land. [...] So detailed images of it all will allow scientists to predict how the ice sheet will respond to global warming, said lead researcher Ken Jezek of Ohio State University." Research Story
United Press International, December 12. Satellite Radar Gauges Water Levels in Louisiana Wetlands. "C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State, and his colleagues hope to develop the technique to aid studies of wetland hydrology — including the role that wetlands play in quelling storm surges caused by large hurricanes." Research Story
United Press International, Oct. 25. Christina O'Malley, doctoral student, and William Ausich, professor of earth sciences. Article about their research that isolated complex organic molecules from 350-million-year-old fossil sea creatures — the oldest such molecules yet found. Research Story
United Press International, Oct. 24. Bradley Cramer, doctoral student, and Matthew Saltzman, professor of earth sciences. Article about their research that found important rocks from Niagara Gorge — rock formations that are used to judge the ages of rocks and fossils around North America — formed five times faster than previously thought. Research Story
U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 14. Laura Kissel, polar curator of the Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program. Quoted in article about how we may never know for sure which explorer was the first to reach the North Pole.
News outlets around the world covered Andy Monaghan and colleages's research
which was published in the journal Science, titled,
Insignificant change in Antarctic snowfall
since the International Geophysical Year. "[Monaghan], a meteorologist at Ohio State University's
Byrd Polar Research Center, said in
an interview that his findings suggest the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2001 prediction that
Antarctic snowfall would increase 15 to 20 percent by the end of the century may not be borne out.
Some researchers had hoped increased snowfall in the region would thicken the Antarctic ice sheets and
help counterbalance any future melt."
Washington Post, August 11; Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 11; National Geographic News, August 11; Voice of America radio, August 12; Kansas City infoZine, August 12; Boston Globe, August 14; Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 16; New Scientist, August 19.
Washington Post, July 29. On the Roof of Peru, Omens in the Ice. "In the thin, cold air here atop the Andes mountains, the blue ice that has claimed these peaks for thousands of years and loyally fed the streams below is now disappearing rapidly. [...] 'You can think of these glaciers as a bank account built over thousands of years,' said Lonnie Thompson, one of the first scientists to sound the alarm, as he stood by the largest ice cap in the Andes. 'If you subtract more than you gain, eventually you go bankrupt. That's what's in process here.'" News Story
Washington Post, July 29. The 'Indiana Jones' of a Shrinking Realm. "[Thompson] has led 50 expeditions to glaciers around the world, enduring often brutal conditions to drill deep into the ice and extract ice core samples. 'Lonnie Thompson is one of the true scientific heroes of our age,' said Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist with NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Harvard geochemist Daniel Schrag has called Thompson "the closest living thing to Indiana Jones.'" News Story
New York Times, July 27. Op-Ed: Cold, Hard Facts. Article by Peter Doran, Co-Principal Investigator for the LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Project. The LTER Project includes Berry Lyons, director of the Byrd Polar Research Center, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. "In the debate on global warming, the data on the climate of Antarctica has been distorted, at different times, by both sides. As a polar researcher caught in the middle, I'd like to set the record straight." News Story
Ohio State Alumni Magazine, July-August, 2006. Goodbye to the snows of Kilimanjaro. "But in 2002, geological sciences professor and global warming expert Lonnie Thompson and colleagues shocked the scientific community by predicting that the famed Tanzanian ice fields would disappear between 2015 and 2020. [...] In his recent, third expedition to the summit, Thompson was saddened to see that the prediction is coming true." Read Article
News in Engineering, OSU College of Engineering, Autumn 2006. Making Waves. "Diane Foster grins when people ask her what she does for a living. 'I get paid to go to the beach,' she tells them. In all seriousness, she's not simply sitting by the surf and basking in the rays. Foster, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and geodetic science, is a coastal engineer. In short, she studies how sand grains move on the seabed." Read Article
The Polar Times, July 2006. Undergrads on Ice. Article covers the field work of April Jacobs and Liz Miller in Antarctica this past winter. Read Article
Columbus Monthly, July 2006. Global Warming Superstars. "Much of the scientific evidence used to document global warming comes from two pioneers in the field, Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson. Spouses and collaborators, they have spent their entire careers — more than 30 years — at Ohio State University, advancing knowledge and understanding in the relatively new specialty of paleoclimatology." Read Article
News outlets around the world covered recent research from Lonnie Thompson and
Ellen Mosley-Thompson which shows a massive climate shift to a cooler
regime that occurred just over 5,000 years ago, and a recent reversal to a warmer world
within the last 50 years. The evidence also suggests that most of the high-altitude
glaciers in the planet's tropical regions will disappear in the near future.
"[Thompson's] research — just published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) — posits that the earth experienced a major shift to a cooler climate 5,000 years ago, and is currently in the throes of a shift back to a much warmer climate." OSU Website Feature Story, Washington File (U.S. Dept of State), Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Cape Times (South Africa), The Independent (UK), EarthTimes.org, June 27; The Australian (Australia), June 28.
News Story • Read the research publication
OSU News Release, June 7. Ohio State graduates plan to 'Do Something Great!'. "Having recently returned from field research in Antarctica, April Jacobs and Liz Miller (from Bellefontaine and Cincinnati, respectively), will earn B.S. degrees in Geological Sciences." News Story
OSU Research News, June 1. Big Bang in Antarctica: killer crater found under ice. "Planetary scientists have found evidence of a meteor impact much larger and earlier than the one that killed the dinosaurs [...] 'This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs, and probably would have caused catastrophic damage at the time,' said Ralph von Frese, a professor of geological sciences at Ohio State University." Research Story
Akron Beacon Journal, May 17. OSU center keeps tabs on research at the poles. "So what's going on today in the world of polar exploration? Don't reach for the parka. The answer is a mere two-hour drive from Akron. Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center is one of the top facilities of its kind in the world. On any given day, up to 70 staff and students are working to absorb all that Earth's geographic extremes have to offer." News Story
CNN, April 23. Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie Thompson were interviewed extensively about their work studying how changing climate has affected glaciers around the world. Their findings suggest global warming is a growing and serious problem.
Salon.com, April 28. The woes of Kilimanjaro. "Bouncing along a rutted dirt road lined with flat-topped acacia trees, renowned climatologist and Ohio State University professor Lonnie Thompson looks out of place in his chinos and running shoes. Thompson is internationally known for his ambitious expeditions to extract ice-core samples from some of the highest glaciers on earth, and for his no-nonsense talk about climate change." Read Article
The Lantern, April 20. Global Warming effects to hit close to home. "Although not much about this phenomenon seems relevant to the day-to-day life of a student, Lonnie G. Thompson, Ohio State professor of geology, said the Midwest has far more links to the Arctic and global warming than one might imagine. It is relevant and needs attention, he said. [...] Yo Chin, a researcher at the Byrd Polar Center, said he sees the effects in the Arctic first-hand. 'The glaciers are visibly retreating. It's pretty scary stuff.'" News Story
American Scientist, May-June 2006 (Vol 94 Num 3). Mountains of Evidence. "In the summer of 1997, a magazine editor telephoned science writer Mark Bowen to invite him to join paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson on the summit of Nevado Sajama, the highest peak in Bolivia." Read Article
Marshall University Alumni Magazine, Spring 2006. Ice Hunters. "Meet Dr. Lonnie Thompson and his wife Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, two world-renowned Marshall alumni who traverse the far reaches of the earth as part of their pioneering research on global warming. Read Article
National Geographic, March 30. Antarctica's Atmosphere Warming Dramatically, Study Finds. "David Bromwich, a meteorologist with the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, said there's 'no doubt this [warming] is real'. But, he added, the finding only 'deepens the mystery of what's going on over Antarctica.'" News Story
Portland Oregonian, February 22; United Press International, February 10. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, was interviewed about his latest research trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, which shows that the mountain's famous snow-covered peak continues to melt as the result of global climate change. Research Story
The Columbus Dispatch, February 21. Glacier melt worse than feared, OSU pair says. "A new study suggests that Greenland's glaciers are melting at a rate three times as fast as 60 years ago. As scary as that sounds, two scientists at Ohio State University warn the situation is even worse. Jason Box and David Bromwich, of the OSU Byrd Polar Research Center, say figures published in the current issue of the journal Science are too conservative." News Story
Newswise, February 13. Snows of Kiliminjaro Disappearing, Glacial Ice Loss Increasing. "For Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, his third expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro was all too much like visiting a sick friend in failing health." News Story
The Antarctic Sun, February 12. Collaboration is key to Dry Valleys work. Article covers the MCM-LTER project of which the BPRC Environmental Geochemistry Group is a member. News Story
NPR: Science Friday, February 10. "The world's glaciers are falling victim to a warming planet. Join Ira in this hour of Science Friday for a conversation with author Mark Bowen and scientist Lonnie Thompson, who travels the world documenting shrinking mountain glaciers." News Story
Columbus Dispatch, January 25. Warmest year? It's not the heat, it's the trend. "We've had this string of very warm years; the warmest part has been in the 1990s and now into this new millennium," said David Bromwich, a scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center". Ellen Mosley-Thompson also mentioned. News Story
Boston Globe, January 22. Article discussed how Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, is the focus of Mark Bowen's book entitled, "Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains."
Grist Magazine, January 19. Climb-It Science. An Interview with swashbuckling climate scientist Lonnie Thompson. Read Article
OSU Website Feature Story, January 10. Conducting research (and blogging) from the South Pole: Liz Miller. News Story
New Scientist, January 7. Jason Box, assistant professor of geography. Article mentioned his work developing an algorithm that will enable scientists to gauge the depth of Arctic lakes from satellite images, simply by measuring the intensity of their color. This will help in studies of the melting of polar ice sheets.
Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, December 27. Icebreaker Expedition Collects Key Arctic Seafloor and Ice Data. Article by Dennis A. Darby, Martin Jakobsson, and Leonid Polyak. News Story
NASA Earth Observatory, December 19. We're mentioned in Paleoclimatology: The Ice Core Record.
Antarctic Sun, December 18. RIME to find reasons for Antarctic Weather. Article quotes Andy Monaghan and David Bromwich about their involvement in RIME (Antarctic Regional Interactions Meteorology Experiment). News Story
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, December 6. Video, A Tour of the Cryosphere: Earth's Frozen Assets includes graphics based on BPRC's 1997 RADARSAT data. Watch Video
NASA Earth Observatory, December 6. We're mentioned in Mosaic of Antarctica.
OSU Research News, November 30. "Researchers are designing a new instrument named GISMO that could uncover parts of the planet that haven't seen the light of day for millions of years. What it finds underneath miles of polar ice could give scientists a new perspective on global climate change. Ken Jezek, professor of geological sciences, said that GISMO's dual-antenna radar system will exploit the same physical phenomenon that creates colorful swirls on the surface of an oily puddle of water." Research Story
New Scientist, November 26. "Lonnie Thompson has spent 30 years on ice, and believes his ice cores show that the tropics, and not the poles, drive climate variability." News Story
Washington Post, November 20. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. The Post reviewed the book, Ice: The Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance," which in one chapter focuses on Thompson's work studying ice cores drilled from glaciers around the world.
Rolling Stone, November 17. Dr. Lonnie Thompson, "The Ice Hunter", is hailed as one of "Twenty-five leaders who are fighting to stave off the planetwide catastrophe". News Story
Nature, Vol. 438(157) November 10. Dr. Lonnie Thompson, "Peaks in Climate Research", Book Review of Dr. Mark Bowen's book entitled, "Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains" News Story
Endeavors (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Fall 2005. "Kate Harris is a senior biology major and Morehead Scholar at Carolina. An aspiring astronaut and polar scientist, she took a semester off to do field research in Antarctica through an internship with Berry Lyons of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University." Research Story
Unidata Newsletter, October 2005. OSU Weather Server and BPRC mentioned in the article. "The Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC) runs the Polar MM5 [computer model] over the Arctic, Antarctic, and Greenland domains." News Story
The Lantern, October 27. "Ohio State students do what they can to beat winter's icy grip, some fleeing to popular tourist destinations such as Florida, Cancun or the Caribbean. But this winter, two undergraduate researchers are heading so far south it will be summer when they arrive at their destination. Funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant, April Jacobs and Liz Miller, seniors studying geological sciences, are taking a trip to the frozen continent of Antarctica this December. Although it will be summer there, Jacobs and Miller won't be beating the cold." News Story
Suburban News Publications: Worthington, October 19. Watercolor paintings created by Worthington elementary school students will be used to help illustrate a new children's book called The Lost Seal. Former Linworth Alternative School science teacher Carol Landis, now the education outreach representative from Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, along with OSU student April Jacobs, read The Lost Seal to second-grade students at Bluffsview Elementary School on Friday and at Liberty Elementary School on Monday. News Story
Associated Press, September 20. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Feature article discusses his work documenting how melting glaciers show evidence of global climate change. The article focuses on his summer expedition to the Andes in Peru, where he found that the largest ice sheet in the tropics, Quelccaya, is retreating as fast as 1 foot (33 centimeters) a day. Research Story
New Scientist, August 27. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article mentioned his research that suggests that the famous ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro is melting away because of global climate change and may disappear in the near future.
Agence France Presse (French wire service), August 22. Jason Box, assistant professor of geography. Article mentioned his research that has showed the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland has been melting at an alarming rate due to global climate change.
Associated Press, August 1. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Quoted in article about how, if current warming trends continue, Glacier National Park will have no glaciers in 30 years.
New Scientist, July 16. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article mentioned his research that suggests that many tropical glaciers may be melting away because of global climate change.
United Press International, May 31. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article mentioned his research that suggests that the famous ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro is melting away because of global climate change and may disappear in the near future.
Associated Press, April 11. Article noted that Ohio State is one of nine universities awarded a $19 million National Science Foundation grant to form the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). The center will study the melting of polar ice caps. Related Research Story; NSF press release
CNN Presents: Melting Point, March 27. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences; Ellen Mosley-Thompson, professor of geography. Interviewed for a news program that examined some of their research on climate change that suggest the world is rapidly warming.
San Diego Union-Tribune, February 23; Scripps Howard News Service, Feb. 3. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Quoted in article about his research showing that glaciers around the world are melting at extraordinary speeds, indicating that global warming is becoming a serious problem.
New Scientist, February 12; Associated Press, Feb. 5. Article mentioned the work of the late John Mercer, an Ohio State geologist who forecast in the 1970s that warming would cause the Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves to disintegrate, from north to south. His prediction appears to be coming true.
Associated Press, January 28. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Quoted in article about his research showing that glaciers around the world are melting at extraordinary speeds, indicating that global warming is becoming a serious problem.
Financial Times, December 17; NPR's Talk of the Nation, Dec. 17. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Quoted and interviewed about his discovery on an ice cap in Peru of plants at least 50,000 years old. These plants recently were exposed as the result of a melting glacier. The find suggests that the ice cap most likely has not deteriorated to its current size for any length of time in more than 50,000 years.
New York Times, November 9; International Herald Tribune, Nov. 10. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article about his research showing that glaciers in Tibet and around the world are melting at extraordinary speeds, indicating that global warming is becoming a serious problem.
The Wall Street Journal, October 22. When a Plant Emerges from Melting Glacier, Is it Global Warming? Article about Lonnie Thompson's experiences and data from the his studies of Quelccaya, the world's largest tropical glacier.
Houston Chronicle, October 17. Henry Brecher, Byrd Polar Research Center. Article about a new study by Brecher and researchers from around the world that found some of Antarcticas glaciers are melting faster than snow can replace them, enough to raise sea levels measurably.
The ice core group helped produce an hour special on global warming to air later this year by South Korean TV. We are currently working on the production of a high definition TV special with the American Natural History Museum on Global Climate Change that will air in New York as well as other 20 museums around the world. The film crew accompanied Lonnie and Ellen to the Quelccaya Ice Cap in the summer of 2004 and are coming October 28 and 29 to complete the film by shooting footage in the labs. We are also contributing to a BBC Horizons hour special on the Mochica culture in Peru and the potential climate and environmental connection to its demise in 700 A.D. as suggested by our NSF-sponsored research on the Quelccaya ice cores from Peru.
The OSU ice core results were included in the Proceedings of Congressional Record of the 107th Congress second session in 2002 on global warming as part of the energy legislation. In 2004, Lonnie Thompson was one of eleven scientists who participated in the AAAS Climate Science Briefing for senators, congressmen, staffers and reporters in Washington, D.C. (Science, 2004). In 2004 our media outreach program included highlights of the ice core research in more than 20 newspaper articles around the world (e.g., New York Times, Columbus Dispatch, Wall Street Journal). This exposure extended to television (CNN), National Geographic Magazine (September 2004 issue on Global Warming: Bulletins from a Warmer World) and National Geographic Adventure Magazine (August 2004: The Vanishing World of Lonnie Thompson).
Columbus Dispatch, June 8. Global-warming thriller educates while entertaining moviegoers, scientists say. Lonnie Thompson, William Lyons and Jason Box, of Ohio State University Byrd Polar Research Center, were quoted about The Day After Tomorrow, a movie about global warming.
United Press International, May 11. Anne Carey, assistant professor of geological sciences; and Carolyn Dowling, post-doctoral investigator with the Byrd Polar Research Center. Article about their research using two water-testing methods together for the first time to help a Gulf Coast tourist community manage its water supply.
National Public Radio's Living On Earth, March 6. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Report mentioned his research that shows some tropical glaciers are melting in response to global climate change.
New York Times, March 23; International Herald Tribune, March 25; Montreal Gazette, March 28; National Post, March 27. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article mentioned his research that suggests that the famous ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro is melting away because of global climate change and may disappear in the near future.
United Press International, December 8. Bea Csatho, research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Article about her research that found one of the world's fastest-moving glaciers — the Jakobshavnis Glacier in Greenland — is speeding up and retreating rapidly.
London Guardian, November 27. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article mentioned his research suggesting that many glaciers and ice caps atop mountains in Africa will probably disappear within the next 15 years because of global warming, and little can be done to save them.
United Press International, November 7. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article about his latest expeditions to ice caps in the high, tropical Peruvian Andes Mountains that may shed light on a mysterious global climate change that occurred more than 5,000 years ago.
New Scientist, November 2. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Article about his latest research, which predicts that the ice cap atop the famed African mountain Kilimanjaro will melt away within the next 20 years, the victim of global warming.
New York Times, November 24; Montreal Gazette, Nov. 24. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Quoted in article about his research showing that glaciers in the Andes mountains are melting rapidly because of global warming, causing concerns about future water supplies in the region.
Columbus Dispatch, October 28. Dr. Anne M. Grunow, Polar Rock Array at OSU will aid Antarctic research.
Columbus Disptach, October 7. Professor David Bromwich. Ice shelf in Arctic breaking into pieces.
USA Today, September 15. Article noted that Ohio State's Polar Meteorology Group was involved in developing weather forecasts that helped guide a plane to the South Pole to rescue an ill worker.
Columbus Dispatch, September 9. Gov. Bob Taft nominates Ellen Mosley-Thompson to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.
Columbus Dispatch, September 8. Professor David Bromwich's Polar Meterology group. Antarctic Weathering Forecasting system developed at OSU Byrd Polar Research Center plays a key role in the rescue of more than 100 scientists and crew members from the stranded supply vessel Magdalena Oldendorff.
Columbus Dispatch; September 3. Professor Bob W. Wagner and Laura Kissel, OSU Preserves Films of Antarctica.
Columbus Dispatch, March 14. Professors Lonnie G. Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson. No room for ice is core of problem.
Time Magazine, February 3. Professor W. Berry Lyons. "Cracking the Ice." Article about what scientists have learned in Antarctica.
Christian Science Monitor, January 8. David Bromwich, associate professor of geography. Quoted in article about attempts by researchers to learn more about the history of climate change in Antarctica.
Cable News Network, December 21. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Interviewed about his research that predicts that the ice cap atop the famed African mountain Kilimanjaro will melt away within the next 20 years, the victim of global warming.
News outlets around the world covered the research of Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, who predicted that the ice cap
atop the famed African mountain Kilimanjaro would melt away within the next 20 years, the victim of global warming.
Washington Post, Oct. 21; USA Today, Oct. 18; Portland Oregonian, Oct. 30; Memphis Commercial Appeal, Oct. 18; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 18; NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday", Oct. 18; NPR's "All Things Considered", Oct. 17; The Independent (London), Oct. 18; The London Mirror, Oct. 18; Associated Press, Oct. 17; Science, Oct. 18; Reuters News Service, Oct. 17; Scripps Howard News Service, Oct. 17; United Press International, Oct. 21.
Columbus Dispatch, September 3. Professor Lonnie G. Thompson, "Passionate to the Core". Article about Dr. Thompson's ice core research field expeditions.
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