New York Times remembers the life and work of Gordon Hamilton

The New York Times remembered the life and work of University of Maine climate scientist Gordon Hamilton, after his death in a snowmobile accident in Antarctica. In an appreciation, published in the newspaper’s Dot Earth blog, science writer Andrew C. Revkin wrote, “In probing the fast-changing ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, Gordon Hamilton of the University of Maine exemplified the qualities in the rare breed of scientists, engineers and field staff willing to go to extremes — literally — to help clarify the pace at which seas will rise as warming glacial ice melts.” The Times published another remembrance of Hamilton in its regular column on climate change, By Degrees. In the piece, reporter Justin Gillis recalls a trip he took with Hamilton to Greenland in 2010. “The helicopter hovered 30 feet above a fjord in Greenland, a thrumming red speck of human ingenuity in a vast wilderness of rock and ice. Gordon Hamilton leaned out the right side at a crazy angle, dropping a scientific instrument into the water below. He wore a seat belt for safety, but he looked as if he might break free at any moment and plunge into the icy water. He must have seen the worried look on my face, and he shot me a big grin. That moment, that smile: That is how I will always remember him, a man willing to court danger to do the job he loved.” The Associated Press also published an article remembering Hamilton as “a gregarious climate scientist who lightened the mood of those around him.” ABC News and The Japan Times carried the latest AP report.