Atlas to Correct Melting Greenland

A correction will be made to a renowned atlas, a recent edition of which incorrectly showed Greenland lost extreme amounts of ice.

Sep 23, 2011
Cristina Luiggi

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Following an uproar by glaciologists after the most recent version of the The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World presented Greenland as having lost 15 percent of its ice in the past 12 years (a loss 150 times greater than currently predicted), the atlas’s publishers, HarperCollins, has announced in a statement that it is working toward producing a new, more accurate map.

Concerned that such a glaring error would serve as fodder for climate change skeptics, scientists urged HarperCollins to make a correction and worked feverishly to track the source of the data, provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, and determined that the map focused on Greenland’s central glacier yet did not account for smaller, peripheral glaciers, ScienceInsider reports.

In a statement earlier this week, HarperCollins apologized for the mistake: “This was done without consulting the scientific community and was incorrect. We apologise for this and will seek the advice of scientists on any future public statements."