SES Alumus Donaldi Permana publishes research in PNAS on melting Pacific glaciers

Donaldi Permana presenting his dissertation work at OSU

Dr. Donaldi Permana, an SES alum who graduated with his Ph.D. in 2015 under Dr. Lonnie Thompson, has published an article in PNAS describing Pacific glacier ice loss. The last tropical glaciers in the Western Pacific Warm Pool have recently undergone a rapid pace of loss of ice cover and greater than a 5-fold increase in the rate of thinning. Using ice cores to assess the impact of past El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events, it appears that regional warming has passed a threshold such that the next very strong ENSO event could lead to the demise of the only remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes. This work is a collaboration between Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson as well as other Byrd Polar Climate Research Center researchers, and is a continuation of Dr. Permana's dissertation work.

Dr. Permana's publication can be found here, and in-depth coverage of the publication by Ohio State News can be found here.