August 2, 2010
When Gareth was last in Ny Ålesund, he and a colleague used a technique called airborne LiDAR to make a very detailed map of the surface of Midre Lovénbreen. The snout (lower edge) of the glacier was very clearly visible in that map. We revisited the snout area a few days ago and remapped it by the very simple (but rather muddy) method of walking along it once in each direction, recording our location as we went using a GPS receiver. This showed that the snout has melted back by about 50 metres in the five years since we last looked at it.
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