Beloved U.S.-Swiss environment researcher and glaciologist Konrad “Koni” Steffen passed away Saturday while doing research study in Greenland. He was 68. Steffen fell under a deep crevasse full of water, Swiss media reports say, after snow and ice paved the way underneath him while he worked near a weather station. Rescue attempts were not successful, and his body was not found.Jason Box, an ice climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland who was with Steffen prior to he passed away, stated he believed his buddy ” stays 8 meters down in the water,” according to CBS News.” Personally, Koni resembled a father,” Box informed CBS. “Immense male. Enormous loss. Tears falling all over the world.” Steffen was the scientific director at the Swiss Polar Institute and director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).” In Konrad Steffen, we have not just lost the director of our institute, but likewise a committed scientist and above all a distinct and generous individual and pal,” WSL said in a declaration revealing Steffens death. ” We will all miss him.” With almost 15,000 academic citations to his name, Steffen had actually been conducting research study about climate change for over 40 years– notably in the Arctic and Antarctic, according to the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology board.He likewise taught for years as a professor at the University of Boulder, Colorado and Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and in Lausanne.People mourning the loss have been sharing their memories of Steffen on social media.” Konis renowned work as a glaciologist has been important on the planets deepened understanding of the climate crisis,” composed former U.S. Vice President and ecologist Al Gore.” He has had a positive influence on our campus and numerous trainees, Im appreciative we had him here!” composed SarahDawn Haynes, a Possibilities Cartographer who operates at the University of Colorados Environmental Center. “#konradSteffen rest in honor.”
” Personally, Koni was like a father,” Box informed CBS.” Steffen was the scientific director at the Swiss Polar Institute and director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).” Konis renowned work as a glaciologist has been important in the worlds deepened understanding of the climate crisis,” wrote former U.S. Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore.