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Foremost ice sheet climatologist fell into crevasse – Sydney Morning Herald

Glaciologist researched the world’s two largest ice sheets, Antarctica and Greenland, and led a study in Antarctica demonstrating an icy surface the size of California had melted into the ocean.



He set up a network of 20 weather stations, drilled thousands of feet deep into the core of the ice cap covering the island and documented other phenomena through satellite technology.
During much of that time, he was a professor of geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he led the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), which employs hundreds of climate scientists.
He was a giant, said Waleed Abdalati, who was Steffens graduate student at Color…

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