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  • Roundup: Lamborghinis, Spy Satellites, and Changing Calendars

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. Swedish Skier Drives a Lamborghini Up a Norwegian Glacier From Autoblog: “The latest stunt by Jon Olsson has no particular purpose, but we love it just the same. Olsson, a former ski racer, always has a neat car with an equipment carrier stuck…

  • Photo Friday: Studying Microbes on Glacier

    Any avid hiker or mountaineer would agree life as a scientist studying microbes on glaciers is not too bad. Just look the business trips they get to make. Italian scientists Dr. Andrea Franzetti, environmental microbiologist, and his colleague Dr. Roberto Ambrosini, ecologist, took a trip to Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan to collect data and bacteria…

  • Does Glacier Retreat Promote Invasive Species?

    A recent study suggests that glacier reatreat may contribute to spread of a noxious invasive algae species in Chile. The particular species is a kind of algae, Didymosphenia geminata, commonly called “didymo.” Since this microscopic organism, a kind of planktom, forms thick dense mats that coat rocks, it is also known as “rock snot.” Vivián Montecino…

  • Organisms on Glacier Surfaces May Function as Carbon Sinks

    A new study shows that life processes of microbes living on the surface of glacier ice–organisms known as supraglacial microbes–may have an impact on the melting of glacial ice and on global greenhouse gas levels. It documents a previously unrecorded process by which these microbes produce compounds which retain carbon on the glacier surface, rather than…

  • On Russian Glaciers, Algae Imitate Goldilocks

    Glaciers might seem like places that are hostile to life, but it turns out that microorganisms like algae and photosynthesizing bacteria (known as cyanobacteria) can flourish on them. A team of researchers recently investigated these life forms on four glaciers in the Suntar-Khayata Mountains in eastern Siberia, a range that’s home to nearly 200 glaciers.…

  • Using Seismic Waves to Measure Ice Melt? Sounds Good

    A recent study in the journal Science Advances proposes a novel methodology to track melting ice sheets and the glaciers associated with them: rather than viewing the ice from above with airplanes and satellites, a team from MIT and Princeton is monitoring it from below. The new technique makes it possible to gather information about…

  • Photo Friday: NASA’s Operation IceBridge

    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s ongoing operation called IceBridge uses manned aircraft to study polar ice. IceBridge serves to bridge the gap between NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), which stopped collecting data in 2009, and NASA’s second generation of the satellite (ICESat-2) which is scheduled to launch later this year. The six year…

  • Scientists Look to Locals for Climate Change Study

    Climate change data is usually collected by scientific instruments and satellites, but a recent study in Nature Climate Change reveals the importance of collecting observations made by local communities. The observations of subsistence-oriented communities indicate that climate change is threatening local food security by impacting animals and plants integral to the continued survival of these…

  • Photo Friday: Kronebreen Glacier in Svalbard

    This week’s Photo Friday features images from a research project in Svalbard. GlacierHub has interviewed two members of the research team. Nick Hulton, a team member, explained: Kronebreen is one of the fastest flowing glaciers in Svalbard, which is an Arctic archipelago situated north of mainland Norway. The glacier drains a large ice cap, transferring ice…

  • Photo Friday: Jostedalsbreen Glacier

    Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the largest glacier in northern Europe, is located within Jostedalsbreen National Park which was founded in 1991 in Norway. The Jostedalsbreen Glacier is so large that it alone covers over a third of the park and separates two of the longest fjords in the world. It is fitting that Norway has such an imposing glacier since the…