Greenland is melting — and has been for quite some time.
The arctic island has already lost 1 trillion tons of ice between the years of 2011 and 2014, according to a recent satellite study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Earlier this year, Greenland logged its highest June and April temperatures ever recorded.
The melt continues to be a problem for the frozen landscape. So, our energy and environment reporter Chris Mooney and senior video journalist Whitney Shefte headed out to document the changes firsthand, tagging along with a scientific team conducting research on the diminishing ice sheet.
As they explore Greenland, they’ve taken over The Washington Post Instagram account to document their trip and provide updates from the field. Here’s what they’ve seen so far.
Hey folks, It's Chris Mooney (@moonecc) here in #greenland, where I'm traveling with Post video journalist Whitney Shefte (@whitneyshefte). This is a view of Mt Dundas, near Thule Air Force base in northwest Greenland. Behind the mountain you can see icebergs, which are floating out of the Wolstenholme Fjord, which is fed by three separate glaciers. Keep checking back for more photos from our trip! #climatechange #glaciers
One of the scientists we're following here in Greenland, oceanographer and University of Delaware professor Andreas Muenchow, looks out at Wolstenholme Fjord and its surrounding glaciers Chamberlin and Knud Rasmussen, and mini-icebergs. Keep following @moonecc and me (@whitneyshefte) on our trip through #Greenland. #science #glaciers #fjords #climatechange #nature #icebergs
The scientific excursion is being funded by the National Science Foundation, which invited the journalists to the research site and, in keeping with foundation policies, covered the costs of transportation and accommodation.
You can follow them on their adventure and see what else they come across by following The Washington Post on Instagram.