UAlberta profs study glaciers to unlocking clues to climate change

We obviously need this kind of research. Not, I hasten to add, that it will make any differenc to the deniers, but the more we learn the better we can understand how big of a mess we are making of the world.

But trapped within the frozen bond of hydrogen and oxygen also lie answers to more global mysteries that unfold over millennia. Like encyclopedias of infinite scope, glaciers contain an invaluable record of the Earth’s recent geological and atmospheric history. And they may very well hold the key to understanding modern-day climate change.

Because of the University of Alberta’s proximity to the North, glaciology—the science of glaciers—has been thriving at the university for more than 40 years, along with other investigations informed by it—those exploring plants capable of surviving an ice age, shrinking polar bear habitat and pollution found in rivers, to name only a few.