The movement of glaciers – Erich von Drygalski’s expeditions to the west coast of Greenland (1891, 1892-1893)

An open seminar hosted by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, the Institute of Earth Science and the Arctic Initiative at the University of Iceland on Friday 4 May from 12:00-13:00 in room N-132 in Askja, University of Iceland

The movement of glaciers – Erich von Drygalski’s expeditions to the west coast of Greenland (1891, 1892-1893)

Erich von Drygalski introduced a mathematical approach to describe the ice movement in order to explain the development of the North German Lowland by Scandinavian glaciers, but physical boundary conditions were still missing. During two expeditions to the west coast of Greenland, he investigated the movement of local glaciers and the inland ice as well as meteorological and biological conditions. Greenland seemed to be a living example of the ice age and the Greenlanders perfectly adapted. Finally Drygalski could set up an extended regelation theory of ice movement.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Lüdecke teaches history of earth sciences at the University of Hamburg and at the Educational Institute in Munich. Besides she leads several national and international groups on history of meteorology, oceanography, and polar research. She published 15 books and proceedings and about 180 papers on these topics.