Ablation measurements on Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull 17 May 2017
As a part of the course in glaciology the students measure the ablation on 2 locations at the snout of Sólheimajökull. In previous years the ablation has been 7-9 m in the summer and additional 3 m in the winter so it is important to drill the wire deep enough into the ice. Due to bad weather we did not manage to bring all the group of students. A week later than planned the weather improved and then a small group, assisted by four guides from the Icelandic Mountainguides (http://www.mountainguides.is/), went to install the wires.
With only a few people the task of carrying to gear was quite strenuous, but the group was strong and managed well to carry it all (photo Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir).
Getting ready at the glacier snout (photo Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir).
Drilling went well and the first hole was more than 11.5 m deep and the second hole 11 m (photo Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir)
The wire attached to the triangular stake (photo Pieter Bliek).
The length of the wire measured and written down (photo Pieter Bliek).
The length of the wire at the upper stake was 94 cm when we left it 17 May 2017 (photo Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir).
Happy group after a successful trip on Sólheimajökull (photo Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir).
The first measurement of the length of the wire that comes out of the surface was made 17.5.2017