Month / October 2017

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  • Aging Ice-Cored Moraines in the Canadian Arctic

    A new paper looks at assigning ages to some of the oldest moraines from the last glaciation in the Canadian Arctic. These ice-cored moraines, named because they are moraines with remnants of glacial ice, are notoriously difficult to study because there are many factors that influence how accurately they can be dated.

  • Roundup: Meltwater Buffering, Glacier National Park, and River Variability

    Glacial meltwater in the Pamir’s, shrinking glaciers in Glacier National Park, and interannual variability in river runoff in British Columbia in this week’s roundup.

  • Photo Friday: New Polynya in East Antarctica

    A new polynya has formed in the ice to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula. This ice is primarily sea ice, but also contains icebergs which have calved from the peripheral glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Disappearing Ice and Invisible People

    Repeat photography, a method that compares historical and recent photographs to find changes within a landscape, fails to provide a complete perspective of glacier retreat as it doesn’t capture the societal context, culture, and stories of the local people.

  • Tibetan Glacier Reveals History of Pollution

    Researchers have found an overall increasing trend in the levels of trace elements within a Tibetan ice core from 1497-1992. But what explains the increase of these trace elements in Tibetan glaciers? Was it due to natural or anthropogenic causes?

  • Retreating Glaciers and Advancing Scientists Converge for UNESCO Meeting

    The glaciers of the Andes are retreating and researchers are taking notice. Participants of UNESCO’s Impact of the Glacial Retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies project met in Mendoza, Argentina, from August 23-25, to address challenges of glacial retreat in the Andes.  The meeting took place at the IANIGLA Institute (The…

  • Roundup: Meltwater, Ice Loss and Salmon

    Climate Trends of the Upper Indus Basin From Earth Systems Dynamics: “Largely depending on the meltwater from the Hindukush–Karakoram–Himalaya, withdrawals from the upper Indus Basin (UIB) contribute half of the surface water availability in Pakistan, indispensable for agricultural production systems, industrial and domestic use, and hydropower generation. Despite such importance, a comprehensive assessment of prevailing…

  • Photo Friday: Mingyong Glacier

    Mingyong Glacier’s recession has substantial environmental consequences for the remote Tibetan villages.

  • Glacier Researchers Gather at IPCC Meeting in Fiji

    Earlier this month, Fiji hosted a meeting of the lead authors for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere, including glacier researchers. This meeting was an opportunity for long days of work, and also for engagement with traditional festivities. Participants were impressed with the vulnerability of Fiji and the warmth of its people.

  • Villagers in Bhilangana Valley Satisfied with High Tourism Rates

    A new paper published in the South Asian Journal for Tourism and Heritage describes the positive impacts of tourism on the villages of the Bhilangana Valley, which is nested in a section of the Indian Himalayas popular with tourists.