Alarming footage shows how global warming is rapidly melting Iceland’s glaciers – World News

The timelapse, captured by Dr Kieran Baxter, a lecturer at the University of Dundee, shows the melting of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland

A shocking time-lapse reveals the damages of global warming to Iceland’s glaciers (

Image: Dr Kieran Baxter / SWNS)

An incredible time-lapse filmed over 6 weeks has revealed the frightful truths of global warming, with the melting of Iceland’s glaciers.

The footage confirms experts fears of the rapid change in the Earth’s climate due to human activity, with ice melts occurring more during winter seasons than just summer seasons.

The timelapse, captured by Dr Kieran Baxter, a lecturer in Communication Design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, showed the melting of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier Vatnajökull National Park in the south-east of the country.

Dr Baxter, with the help of colleagues at the University of Iceland’s Research Centre, had recorded the footage to show the alarming speed at which centuries-old glaciers are melting.

Dr Kieran Baxter had captured the glacier melting over a period of 6 weeks


Dr Kieran Baxter / SWNS)

Dr Baxter said: “Footage like this should act as a wake-up call that we cannot ignore the signs any longer.

“Climate change is already having dire consequences around the world and we have to take responsibility for that.

Sadly, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, one of Europe’s largest ice caps, the Vatnajökull, has been melting since 1989, losing 150-200 km of ice and reducing its area by more than 400 km.

The Vatnajökull ice cap has lost 150-200 km of ice since 1989


Dr Kieran Baxter / SWNS)

Sadly this is not the first time Dr Baxter has captured the melting of glaciers with aerial photographs of the disappearance of Iceland’s largest glaciers and ice loss around Mont Blanc in the French and Italian Alps.

Glaciologist at the South East Iceland Nature Research Centre, Sn varr Gu mundsson, stated how the destruction of the glaciers have acceded any chances of recovery with over 250 metres of ice recorded to be lost per year.

Dr Baxter stets footage like this should be a wake-up call to not ignore climate change.


Dr Kieran Baxter / SWNS)

Dr orvar ur rnason, who leads the collaborative project at the University of Iceland, said: “Where our previous co-production, After Ice, involved re-creating the recent past of glacier melt in Iceland, the new project looks into the future – or rather a range of potential futures that depend on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today.

“This project involves close cooperation between artists and scientists in Scotland and Iceland.

“We have found this interdisciplinary work to be vital to successful climate change communication.”

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