Mass Balance of Arctic Glaciers
Principal Investigator: Koerner, Roy M (9)
Licence Number: 13763
Organization: Geological Survey of Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Issued: Mar 14, 2005
Project Team: Jocelyne B

Objective(s): The objective of this long-term ongoing program is to monitor glacier health and climatic change in the high Arctic by measuring the mass balance of four ice caps and one glacier. This part of the program involves measurements of the Melville South Ice Cap in the western Arctic islands. The work includes measuring poles drilled into the ice to see if more snow and ice is melting during the summer than accummulates during the winter. Such data are an excellent indicator of climate change. The Melville South Ice Cap is presently about 40 m thick at its thickest. The indications so far are that, although the ice cap is getting smaller, there are still a few years in which the snow does not melt during the summer.