New Glacier Website With Fabulous Photos

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Vala Hafstað

A new and most ambitious website with information about Iceland’s glaciers will be formally launched at Perlan, Reykjavík, at 2 pm tomorrow, mbl.is reports.

The website, islenskirjoklar.is , offers information about research and changes that have occurred in Icelandic glaciers in recent decades.

“This is the first time these data are compiled and made accessible in one location,” states Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir, glaciologist at the Icelandic Met Office and one of the website’s editors.

A map showing the outlines of glaciers at different points …

A map showing the outlines of glaciers at different points in time. Map/islenskirjoklar.is

The information is in Icelandic, but even if you don’t speak Icelandic, the website is useful to anyone who wants to access a map of all the glaciers and take a look at the numerous quality photos provided. In many cases, you can compare what the glaciers used to look like decades ago to what they look like now.

You can see the outlines of glaciers at different points in time. Those have been drawn by scientists, based on aerial photos, satellite pictures, maps and more.

The photo collection is unique. “It includes panoramas, taken from airplanes, of almost every single glacier in Iceland, except for the very smallest ones,” Hrafnhildur relates. “There are so many glaciers in Iceland that normally get no attention, since the focus is always on the big ones.”

The website will be useful to the scientific community, as well as to the public.

The website is supported by the Climate Fund and the project Retreating Glaciers at the Ministry for the Environment. Other cooperators are the Vatnajökull National Park and the University of Iceland Research Center in Hornafjörður.

You can access the website here .

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