Unfortunately, scientific research doesn’t always have a happy end. One recent proof is what happened to the renowned climate change scientist Konrad Steffen, who died after falling into a crevasse while he was conducting a research in Greenland.
Steffen was 68 years old and he was the director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). The former scientist was even assisted by NASA and the US National Science Foundation in its endeavor to build a network of automatic weather stations.
The rescue operation wasn’t successful
Even though the authorities tried to locate the scientist, his body wasn’t found.
However, Konrad Steffen’s death was confirmed by WSL in a recent statement that says:
“We have not only lost the Director of our institute, but also a committed scientist and above all a unique and generous person and friend,
“We will all miss him.”
The police spokesman Brian Thomsen declared:
“We have found signs that the person fell through a crack in the glacier,
“An accident has probably occurred and it is highly probable that the person in question has passed away,”
Konrad Steffen was best known for its research into climate change in the Arctic and Arctic sea ice. He was married and had two children.
Konrad Steffen warned that Greenland would lose all its ice
Wikipedia reveals to us that Steffen also operated a network composed of 20 weather stations on the Greenland ice sheet. The scientist argued that due to this ice melting faster than anticipated, sea levels could rise considerably higher than the IPCC’s upper limit of 59 centimeters (1.94 ft). This means that Greenland might lose all of its ice in the next 10,000 years. However, Antarctica would still need a considerably larger period of time for losing its ice, since it is a lot bigger.
Humanity lost a great scientist. May God have mercy on the soul of Konrad Steffen!
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