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Pastorale for the Planet and the Polar Perspective

Art and science celebrate frozen landscapes and their connection to us

Photo icebergs with the the text Pastorale for the Planet and the Polar Perspective
[05. September 2021] 

On Sunday, 5 September 2021, from 2:00 pm there will be a symposium on German-French cooperation in polar research and the arts, held at the University of the Arts Bremen, Speicher XI. Prior to the evening performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” at the BLG Forum, as part of the Music Festival Bremen science and the arts will celebrate the frigid worlds of the poles in a joint event, streamed online.

West Antarctica

Thwaites Glacier: Significant Geothermal Heat Beneath the Ice Stream

Researchers map the geothermal heat flow in West Antarctica; a new potential weak spot in the ice sheet’s stability is identified.

Pine Island Glacier
[18. August 2021] 

Ice losses from Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica are currently responsible for roughly four percent of the global sea-level rise. This figure could increase, since virtually no other ice stream in the Antarctic is changing as dramatically as the massive Thwaites Glacier. Until recently, experts attributed these changes to climate change and the fact that the glacier rests on the seafloor in many places, and as such comes into contact with warm water masses. But there is also a third, and until now, one of the most difficult to constrain, influencing factors. In a new study, German and British researchers have shown that there is a conspicuously large amount of heat from Earth’s interior beneath the ice, which has likely affected the sliding behaviour of the ice…