Month / January 2016

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  • Photo Friday: Project Pressure’s Greenland Journey

    Project Pressure is a glacier photography project that has been documenting glaciers and partnering with photographers since 2008. Last year, photographers Mariele Neudecker and Klaus Thymann journeyed to southwest Greenland for the project. The team traveled by boat from the settlement of Narsarsuaq around a peninsula to  Quoroc Bay. The purpose was to record the place where the glaciers…

  • Climate Refugees from the Peruvian Andes

    Two recent studies offer complementary accounts of the ways that glacier retreat and other impacts of climate change have displaced indigenous people from their communities in the Peruvian Andes. One describes the people who have left as refugees, the other as migrants. Both emphasize the seriousness and apparent irreversibility of this large population movement Teófilo…

  • Glacier Floods in the Central Himalayas

    A river basin in the Central Himalayas is at risk of dramatic glacial lake outburst floods, which can cause great loss in downstream areas, according to a recent study in the journal Mountain Research and Development. Glacial lakes form as glaciers melt, and they can burst and cause floods when an ice dam, or an…

  • How Life Arrives on Glacier Barrens

    The crust that forms on the top layer of the soil that is exposed after a glacier retreats is a rich, important place and can support new plant growth in a tough alpine environment. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Biology suggests that biological soil crusts can help larger plants grow and colonize…

  • Roundup: Glaciers Lose Old Timber, Gain Dust and Carbon

    Efforts to Clean Up Switzerland “A lot of infrastructure in the Alps dilapidates due to a missing use, the absence of owners or an unclear legal status. The infrastructure built in the latter half of the 20th century consists of solidified, impregnated wood, and metal. A recent survey by mountain wilderness has shown that there…

  • Photo Friday: Eastern Canadian Glaciers

    Though the glaciers of the western US, western Canada and Alaska as well-known, few people are aware of the glaciers in eastern Canada, more specifically in northern Labrador. Torngat Mountains National Park contains more than 40 active glaciers. It offers a unique opportunity to discover Arctic landscapes, to see wildlife and to have contact with the indigenous peoples who have  lived…

  • Historical Glacier Photos To Be Available Online Soon

    A recent grant to two institutions in Colorado will permit a large collection of historical glacier photographs to be digitized, making them more readily available to researchers and to the public at large. Until now, access to these print images was limited to those who could travel to see them. The $148,586 grant from the Council on…

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    The Challenge of Sediment Management

    A new research study entitled “Ecosystem impacts of Alpine water intakes for hydropower: the challenge of sediment management” explores the effects of different hydropower capture techniques on human and ecosystem water needs. Rivers fed by glacial melt and snowmelt in Alpine regions serve as a critical resource for hydroelectric power production. However, the management systems…

  • Could Glacier Retreat Cause Seals to Wander?

    Though populations of harbor seals – the captivating species seen in almost every zoo – are stable in other areas of the world, they are seeing declines in southeastern Alaska. These particular seals use icebergs calved from nearby glaciers as a place to rest and breed, but changes in ice availability are affecting these behaviors, crucial…

  • Roundup: Icebergs, Mobile Toxins, Festive Algae

    Iceberg Ahead! A New Study Finds Way to Avert Disaster “When performing offshore operations in the Arctic, there are several challenges. One of those challenges is the threat of icebergs on offshore structures and vessels. Icebergs can exert extremely high loads on vessels, offshore platforms, and seabed installations.” Find out how the team is proposing…