Europe’s largest glacier is losing ice fast

Austfonna, Europe’s largest glacier do we find on the island Nordaustlandet in the archipelago Svalbard. The glacier has moved with increased speed in the last few years, and in 2014 the glacier moved a total of 3800 meters. Glaciologist and professor Jon Ove Hagen Methlie, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo is interviewed about Austfonna and says that surging in Svalbard’s glaciers is natural as a cyclical phenomenona.

Austfonna loose a lot of ice in calving because it is in a condition of surging activity. Illustrasjonsfoto:

Read the article and the interview with Jon Ove Methlie Hagen about glaciers in the Artic and surging at ScienceNordic (


Read the article:

Europe’s largest glacier is losing ice fast, ScienceNordic, 30.1.2015



See also recently published research article:

Dunse, T., Schellenberger, T., Hagen, J.O., Käâb, A., Schuler, T.V., & C.H. Rejmer, (2015). Glacier-surge mechanisms promoted by a hydro-thermodynamic feedback to summer melt. The Cryosphere, 9, 197–215, 2015. doi:10.5194/tc-9-197-2015, 2015.


Published Feb. 11, 2015 3:18 PM - Last modified Feb. 12, 2015 12:07 PM