Greenland’s melting ice sheet is now the single biggest contributor to global sea level rise. Fibre-optic cables are normally associated with the internet, but a new study has shown how they can provide new insights into how ice sheets evolve. The study revealed how the movement of Greenland’s glaciers is far more complicated than previously thought. Ice loss from Greenland has increased sixfold since the 1980s and the melting ice sheet is now the biggest contributor to global sea level rise. Observations using the cables explain why the Greenland ice sheet is losing so much mass and help predict future patterns of ice loss and sea level rise. Fibre-optic cables usually make us think of ultra-fast internet – or maybe the irritation of new installation works digging up the pavement. But there are now such cables snaking their way through the centre of the planet’s second largest body of ice, the Greenland ice sheet. Fibre-optic technologies are allowing us to monitor the internal structure of glaciers in unprecedented levels of detail. In our new study , we show how fibre-optics are offering extraordinary new insight into how ice sheets evolve – and how the movement of Greenland’s glaciers is […]

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