Iceland’s glaciers will vanish within 150-200 years according to glaciologist Helgi Björnsson at the University of Iceland.Snæfellsjökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Helgi says that models show that if the melting rate of the last two decades continues, Snæfellsjökull, which has an average thickness of just 30 meters, will disappear in as many years.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Snæfellsness’ highest peak is ice-free for the first time after rapid melt this summer.
According to Helgi, Iceland’s glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate, at 1.3 to 1.8 meters per year, ruv.is reports.
Helgi points out that climate change forecasts predict a warming of two degrees by the end of the century.
Similar predictions on the melting of Iceland's glaciers have been made in the past.