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4D monitoring of Virkisjökull

4D high resolution monitoring of glacier evolution, Virkisjökull, Iceland

Virkisjökull is an outlet glacier draining the western flanks of Oraefajökull, the southern extremity of the Vatnajökull ice cap in south-east Iceland.

The glacier is sensitive to climatic forcing due to a relatively low accumulation–ablation area ratio and significant altitudinal difference between summit and margin.

The long-term BGS monitoring project at Virkisjökull aims to quantify glacial and geomorphological changes, and link these to variations in local climate.

Below you will find a Google earth flythrough showing the project area around Virkisjökull. More information on the project along with pictures and videos are available through the projects website.