Frozen Annals - Greenland Ice Sheet Research – Niels Bohr Institutet - Københavns Universitet

Frozen Annals - Greenland Ice Sheet Research

Professor Willi Dansgaard

The book is edited and published by The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen 2004. With kind support by The Aage V. Jensen Foundations. Copyright W.Dansgaard and the editor. ISBN: 87-990078-0-0

Willi Dansgaard has played a pivotal role in developing ice core research into one of the most powerful tools in present studies of past climate changes.

His ground breaking work on the link between stable isotopic composition of precipitation and atmospheric temperature, which he discovered almost by accident in 1952, led to the first ever systematically analyzed deep ice core records of past climate: Camp Century (Greenland) in 1969 and Byrd Station (Antarctica) in 1972.

Since his retirement in 1992, Willi Dansgaards group has continued its work on ice core research. The group is the Ice and Climate research group at the Niels Bohr Institute.

Associate Professor Jørgen Peder Steffensen: 

The book is written in English, and in it Willi Dansgaard gives his personal perspective on the history of ice core research from the pioneering years in the early 1950's until the successful termination of the NorthGRIP ice coring in 2004. Willi Dansgaard tells his story with the Danish contribution to the exploration of the Greenland Ice Sheet at it's center. The book contains a lot of scientific results which are discussed in a historical perspective so that the reader will be able to "read over the shoulder of the working scientist" and appreciate the development from simple ideas to the detailed, complex and quite astonishing scientific knowledge ice core research so far has provided.


Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen: 

With a twinkle in his eye the author tells about miracles, cooking icebergs, and about drilling and analysing ice cores through the Polar ice sheets. The aim is to record the climate of the past thereby amplifying the climate scenarios of the future...

The book is not for sale but hardcopies can be obtained by contacting the secretary of the group as long as stock is available. By kind permission of the author we offer a complete copy of this book, including cover illustrations, in a pdf version for download free of charge. In the year 2000 Willy Dansgaard wrote the Danish book 'Grønland i istid og nutid' which was published in collaboration with 'Dansk Polar Center'. Publisher: Rhodos. ISBN 87 7245 799 6