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Engineering firms explore plan to slow melting of Greenland glacier

Companies are considering a major geoengineering project that would build a barrier to block warm seawater from reaching the base of Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland



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21 October 2022

Satellite image of Jakobshavn glacier, Greenland, in 2019

NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens/U.S. Geological Survey

Major engineering companies are looking at plans to slow the melting of a gigantic Greenland glacier, in what would be the first large-scale intervention to preserve ice anywhere in the world. If it goes ahead, and if it works – two substantial “ifs” – it could suggest a way to slow sea level rise from Antarctic melt, too.

Norway’s Aker Solutions and the Arup Group, based in London, sent representatives to a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 12 October where proposals were discussed …

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