Month / September 2015

    Loading posts...
  • Glacier Residents Include Birds and Mammals

    A recent article in the Journal of Biogeography provides the first systematic review of birds and mammals which include glaciers (and perennial snow patches) as part of their regular habitats. The author, Jørgen Rosvold of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, documents the great importance of these cold frozen environments for a number of…

  • France and Italy Argue Over Disputed Glacier Territory

    Disputed territory on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, raised buried tensions between Italy and France earlier this month after the mayor of Chamonix, in France, blocked off access to a dangerous glacier on what Italians claim as their own territory. The Mayor, Eric Fournier, closed a gate at the entrance of the Giant…

  • Courtesy of Wikipedia

    Roundup: Grounding Lines, Fault Lines and Algae-filled Pits

    NASA reports on the Hidden Melting of Greenland’s Glaciers “What’s causing this ‘big thaw’? Rignot’s team found that Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured. This means that the warm ocean currents at depth can sweep across the glacier faces and erode them.“In polar regions, the upper layers…

  • Photo Friday: Iceland through Instagram

    This week, Fulbright scholar and researcher M Jackson shares a glimpse of her work and travel in Höfn, Iceland, which she deems “cryosphere paradise,” as captured through Instagram. [slideshow_deploy id=’6291′] M Jackson is a U.S. Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon. She’s currently based in Höfn, Iceland, through a U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research…

  • Climate Variability Shapes Glacier Retreat in Peru and Norway

    Two recent studies, one in Peru and the other in Norway, link glacier retreat, not to climate change as many researchers have done, but to climate variability—the fluctuations in temperature and precipitation across large regions of the world, on time scales of years or decades. These studies add an important level of detail to the…

  • Beer Funds Glacier Research

    What do you get when you mix research with a beer company? Deja Brew, the taste of a 1962 batch of Kokanee beer. In exchange for five liters of meltwater from 1962, the Kokanee Beer company agreed to contribute $10,000 dollars to fund glacier research by Dr. Brian Menounos of the University of Northern British…

  • A Monpa monk spins prayer wheels at Tawang monastery, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo courtesy of Anupam Nath/AP

    India’s Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Local Comunities

      Indigenous Buddhist tribes in northeast India are protesting government plans to build fifteen new hydroelectric sites along their settlement region. The Monpa tribe, which lives along the Tawang river basin in over 234 scattered settlements in Arunachal Pradesh, fears that the hydroelectric projects will affect their religious sites and monasteries, as well as the…

  • Roundup: Swiss Blankets and Data, Participation in Tajikistan

    Blankets covering Swiss glacier to halt ice melt is a temporary fix “From a distance, the Rhone glacier seems perfect, but when seen closely, the surface is covered with white blankets for slowing down the melting of the rapidly retreating ice. The dusty, white fleece covers a huge area near the glacier’s edge. But there…

  • Bagrote Valley

    Photo Friday: Bagrote Valley in the Karakoram

    This Photo Friday, GlacierHub shares photos of the Bagrote Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, the northernmost region of Pakistan. These photos, taken by photographer Farman Karim Baig, illustrate the wide diversity of glacial landscapes: these photos of the valley highlight the contrast between the snowy, mountainous peaks of the nearby Hinarche Glacier and the stark, dry, low-lying valley foreground. The…

  • An Interview with Mattias Borg, Author of Andean Waterways

    The Danish anthropologist Mattias Borg Rasmussen has recently published a book, Andean Waterways: Resource Politics in Highland Peru (University of Washington Press, 2015), which addresses the economic, political, social and culture dynamics of a community that is facing glacier retreat and water scarcity. The book shows how environmental change and institutional politics are intertwined in…