New Zealand Glacier Shrinkage 'Worst Ever Seen,' Says Leading Glaciologist

StoryfulWeatherPublished: May 10, 2018
Published: May 10, 2018

Dr Trevor Chinn, one of New Zealand’s leading glaciologists, describes the shrinkage of New Zealand’s glaciers in 2018 as the “worst we’ve ever seen” in a new video released by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Chinn’s comments come after the completion of the annual summer snowline survey, which aims to “record how much snow covers the glaciers at the end of summer.” Chinn has carried out the survey since 1978, according to the Snow and Ice Research Group New Zealand’s website. Chinn says that the amount of glacial ice in New Zealand has decreased by 30 percent in the 40 years since he began the survey. The video here shows aerial views of the glaciers, including comparisons with 1978 imagery, and testimony from a number of glaciologists and climate scientists. Credit: NIWA via Storyful

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