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  • 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.

  • 9,000 Years of History from the Køge Bugt

    The glaciers of southeast Greenland are not easy to research. You ride in on a small fishing boat, searching among the icebergs for the best place to stick a glorified straw into the mud. Which is just what a team of researchers did in 2011 to retrieve a sediment core that describes 9,000 years of…

  • China and Nepal Collaborate on Glacier Research

    China and Nepal have developed a close collaboration in glacier research. By sampling data on the north (Chinese) and south (Nepali) sides of the Himalayas, scientists from both countries can trace the movement of black carbon and heavy metals from South Asia across the mountains into the Tibetan Plateau, a topic of importance for water resources and for human health.

  • A New Doctorate Program in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Sciences Launches in Chile 

    Mike Kaplan, a researcher from the Earth Observatory of Lamont Doherty at Columbia University, has studied glacial history for 16 years between Puerto Varas and Antarctica. He recently traveled to Chile on a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 to plan content related to climate change, ecosystem ecology, geosystems, and conservation at the University of Magallanes. The…

  • Of Ice and Fish

    Greenland is a landscape dominated by ice. The Greenland Ice Sheet flows into terminal glaciers, which calve into icebergs, which in winter are locked in by sea ice. Ice shapes the entire food web, from ocean microbes to the fish that fuel 90 percent of Greenland’s GDP. The relationship between glaciers and Greenlandic fisheries just…

  • THIS IS A SAMPLE

    Roundup: Glacier News from India, Antarctica, and Kazakhstan

    Trekkers Stranded on Indian Glacier From The Indian Express: “Four trekkers, three from New Delhi and one from West Bengal, who were trying to trek to Kedarnath from Badrinath, have been stranded at an altitude of about 4,000 meters at Panpatia Glacier, which is situated in Rudraprayag district.” Read more about rescue efforts here.  …

  • Thinking Like a Fish: Navigating Arctic Streamflow Change

    This story is Part II of a two-part series on the Tanana River Watershed. See Part I here. Long-term monitoring has consistently shown that winter flow levels in Interior Alaska rivers are rising. But why? Precipitation is not systematically increasing, and most source waters are frozen in winter. According to a new paper in Geophysical…

  • Roundup: Lakes Grow, Fish Feed, Pruitt Seethes

    Marine-Terminating Glaciers a Boon for Fish From Global Change Biology: “Accelerated mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet leads to glacier retreat and an increasing input of glacial meltwater to the fjords and coastal waters around Greenland. These high latitude ecosystems are highly productive and sustain important fisheries, yet it remains uncertain how they will…

  • Photo Friday: Island Glaciers of the Canadian Arctic

    Outside of Greenland, a quarter of the Arctic’s ice lies in Canada, much of it covering the Queen Elizabeth Islands. A recent paper in Environmental Research Letters found that, during the decade between 2005 and 2015, surface melt from the ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands increased by a staggering 900 percent,…

  • Lessons in Collaboration from the Tanana Watershed

    This story is Part I of a two-part series on the Tanana River Watershed. See Part II here. What do a St. Patty’s Day party and a sub-Arctic river have in common? An abundance of green dye, which acts as a festive element for the first and a scientific tool for the second. A group…