Each year in June, just before all the sea ice has melted, climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute head out by dog sled onto the Greenland sea ice to collect their instruments. Typically the dogs walk on ice for this task, but because of warming temperatures, this year the dogs were splashing in ankle-deep water.
The photo above was taken on June 13 by climatologist Steffen Olsen from the Center for Ocean and Ice at the institute. Olsen’s colleague, Rasmus Tonboe, tweeted the image, saying “rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the melt water on top…”
Photo of sled dogs walking through water shows reality of Greenland’s melting ice sheet; CNN (06-19-2019)
Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the Danish Meteorological Institute, was on a routine mission in northwest Greenland. The incredible photo he took, of sled dogs ankle deep in a wide expanse of light blue water, quickly went viral, destined to join pictures of starving polar bears, shrunken glaciers, stranded walruses and lakes turned bone dry in the pantheon of evidence of our ongoing climate catastrophe…