Helped by NASA and the US National Science Foundation, Steffen had actually been developing a network of automatic weather condition stations there. At the time of the mishap he was doing maintenance on these stations, according to Hegg.
Steffens 30-year research study observing the altering nature of Greenlands ice sheet validated rising temperatures and sea levels, the most unique functions of climate modification, The Washington Post reported.
In 2017, he affirmed prior to Congress about the amount of ice melting in Greenland each year, stating it was comparable to a mile-high column of water covering Washington D.C., according to the Post.
“That got some attention,” Steffen stated at the time.
A distinguished Swiss-American environment modification scientist died after falling into a crevasse while carrying out research study on ice in Greenland, authorities and reports said Wednesday.
Konrad Steffen, director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), was working near Ilulissat on Saturday when he was reported missing out on, authorities said.
A rescue operation was launched, but eventually deserted without the 68-year-old researchers body being discovered.
” We have found indications that the individual fell through a fracture in the glacier,” authorities representative Brian Thomsen told regional newspaper Sermitsiaq.
” A mishap has most likely happened and it is extremely possible that the person in question has actually passed away,” Thomsen added.
His death was validated by WSL in a declaration on Monday, which said staffers at the institute were “aghast and shocked” by the loss of Steffen.
” We have not just lost the Director of our institute, however also a committed researcher and above all a generous and special individual and pal,” the statement stated. “We will all miss him.”
Fellow scientist Kathy Riklin stated it appeared a snow bridge had collapsed under Steffen, causing him to plunge into the crevasse, Agence France-Presse reported.
The terrible accident happened less than a mile from the research study station Steffen developed in 1990– referred to as “Swiss Camp”– where he made an annual exploration.