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Previous OSU research stories about the ice core analyses and paleoclimatology:

"Peruvian Glacier May Vanish In Five Years," 2/12/07.

"First Compilation Of Tropical Ice Cores Shows Two Abrupt Global Climate Shifts -- One 5,000 Years Ago and One Currently Underway," 6/8/06.

"Snows Of Kilimanjaro Disappearing, Glacial Ice Loss Increasing," 2/13/06.

"New Plant Finds In Andes Foretell Of Ancient Climate Change," 9/14/05.

"50,000-Year-old Plant May Warn Of The Death Of Tropical Ice Caps," 12/11/04.

"Ice Cores Disagree On Origin Of White River Ash Deposit," 12/10/04.

"Major Climate Change Occurred 5,200 Years Ago: Evidence Suggests That History Could Repeat Itself," 12/13/04.

"Ice Cores May Yield Clues To 5,000-Year-Old Mystery," 11/6/03.

"African Ice Core Analysis Reveals Catastrophic Droughts, Shrinking Ice Fields And Civilization Shifts," 9/17/02.

"Latest Ice Core May Solve Mystery Of Ancient Volcanic Eruptions," 6/27/02

"Ice Coring Team Heads For Alaskan Glaciers; Hope To Retrieve First North American Long-Term Climate Record From Ice," 4/21/02

Ice Caps In Africa, Tropical South America Likely To Disappear Within 15 Years, 2/12/01

Himalyan Ice Cores Reveal Climate Warming, Catastrophic Drought, (9/8/00)

Oldest Ice Core From The Tropics Recovered, New Ice Age Evidence, (12/3/98)

Researchers In Himalayas Retrieve Highest Ice Core Ever Drilled, (11/21/97)

Researchers Date Chinese Ice Core To 500,000 Years, (6/12/97)

Latest Evidence Of Global Warming Found In Tropics And Subtropics, (4/23/97)

Ice Cores Show Record Of Climate Dating Back 20,000 Years, (7/26/95)

Chinese Ice Cores Provide Climate Records Of Four Ice Ages, (11/30/92)

Evidence Of Global Warming Reported To Senate Hearing, (3/6/92)

Chinese Ice Cap May Reveal Clues To Earth's Climate, (7/2/91)


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University glaciologist Lonnie Thompson has been singled out by Time magazine as one of the publication’s 30 “Heroes of the Environment” for 2008.

Thompson, a distinguished university professor of earth sciences, was highlighted in the magazine’s October 6 issue as one of six scientists and innovators who are key to addressing global climate change.

Lonnie Thompson

“By their example, by their willingness to dedicate themselves to what too many still dismiss as a hopeless cause, these heroes of the environment provide light in the darkness,” the Time editors wrote.

Thompson was nominated for his three decades of research showing that tropical and temperate ice caps around the globe would be among the first harbingers of climate change.  He has led more than 50 expeditions to ice caps and glaciers on five continents, retrieving ice cores that contain a diary of past climate conditions, some dating back farther than 750,000 years.

In 2007, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by U.S. President George W. Bush for his years of research.  Time magazine selected Thompson in 2001 as one of its collection of “America’s Best in Science and Medicine.”

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“Honors like this certainly recognize the incredible contribution that has been made by every member of the paleoclimate research group here at Ohio State.”

“I was returning from giving a talk in Auckland, New Zealand, and was surprised when I picked up a copy of the magazine in the airport and saw the citation,” Thompson said.  “Honors like this certainly recognize the incredible contribution that has been made by every member of the paleoclimate research group here at Ohio State.”


Contact:  Lonnie Thompson, (614) 292-6652; Thompson.3@osu.edu.
Written by Earle Holland, (614) 292-8384; Holland.8@osu.edu.