In a cooling climate, glaciers advance, carve out deep valleys and destroy vegetated land. As climate warms, the glaciers retreat and leave behind gravel, lakes and barren forefields that are slowly colonised by life again.
The southeast outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull are retreating fast, and the area is a natural laboratory for studying climate and glacier changes.
Melting glaciers is a cooperative project of Vatnajökull National Park and the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. Together with them we designed a booklet on the latest studies of the southeast outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull which are retreating extremely fast. A bit of a scary reality!