Are US Glacier Counties Complying With Social Distancing?

31 March 2020, by

Social distancing compliance is being measured by mobile phone GPS data. We looked at ten US states and discuss the vulnerability of glacier communities and factors affecting their ability to adapt to social distancing requirements.

Photo Friday: Travel and Trade Fair Promotes Mountain Communities

27 March 2020, by

The Kailash Confluence was a travel and trade fair hosted in the Humla District in Nepal. The event was designed to encourage the preservation of the shared culture of Humla and Pulan County in TAR, China. The photo book of the event highlights religious traditions and the trade of local products.

Video of the Week: Glacier Communities Grapple with Pandemic Response

25 March 2020, by

This week’s Video of the Week provides three snapshots of glacier community responses to the coronavirus pandemic on three different continents––an empty market in Pakistani Karakoram, a tense hospital discussion in the Ecuadorean Andes, and positive measure by a public health director in an affected Pacific Northwest glacier county.

Roundup: COVID-19 Glacier Regions Update, Some US National Parks Close, Mines in the Peruvian Andes, and 2020 Research Put On Ice

23 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup we updated coverage of glacier regions affected by COVID-19, noted the mutually opposed status of US national parks, highlighted the closure of mines in the Peruvian Andes, and reported on the impact to 2020 cryosphere field research.

Roundup: COVID-19 in Glacier Regions

16 March 2020, by

For this week’s Roundup we compiled the glacier regions affected by the novel coronavirus––including the Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Karakoram, Himalaya, Greenland, and Cascades––where the dislocation of remote glacier communities cuts both ways. Expeditions to Mount Everest have been suspended.

Video of the Week: A Glacial Surge in Pakistan

11 March 2020, by

Less than one percent of glaciers surge. In the Karakoram, however, there is an extraordinarily high concentration of glaciers that do. In this week’s Video of the Week, see how the surging Shishpar Glacier in Pakistani Karakoram threatens human settlements.

Roundup: Thwaites Earthquakes, Peru Glacier Collapse Claims Lives, and an Alaskan Streamflow Study

9 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, cryoseismologists say Thwaites Glacier’s retreat has it so close to the grounding like that it causes earthquakes when it calves, a catastrophic glacier collapse on a popular trekking route in Peru, and a study classifying Alaskan coastal streamflow patterns.

A Catastrophic Glacier Collapse and Mudflow in Salkantay, Peru

3 March 2020, by

At least 13 people are dead in the mountains outside Cusco in a devastating glacier collapse and debris flow in a populated valley on a route well-known among trekkers to Machu Picchu.

Roundup: Bernie Wins First Glacier State Caucus, A Cryosphere Congressional Hearing, and Using Drones to Monitor Ice Flow

24 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, the first glacier state to caucus in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary votes for Bernie Sanders, a congressional hearing focuses on the cryosphere, and unmanned aerial vehicles prove effective at ice flow monitoring.

Long-term Cryosphere Monitoring Program in Pakistan Seeks to Understand and Protect Glaciers

20 February 2020, by

With 7,253 glaciers, Pakistan has more area under ice cover than any other country in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. With a new long term monitoring program, the nation will start observing them.

Coronavirus is Expanding Into the Mountain Regions of Western China

13 February 2020, by

The novel coronavirus—officially known as COVID-19—is gaining altitude. The mysterious flu-like respiratory illness is creeping into the country’s mountainous western provinces high on the Tibetan Plateau. While the number of cases in these areas still remains low, there has been a slow uptick in infections in recent days.

Roundup: Coronavirus Spreads to Glacier Country, A New Antarctic Feedback Loop, and High Avalanche Danger in the Pacific Northwest

10 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about coronavirus’ spread to glacier provinces of China, a far-reaching study on a new Antarctic feedback loop, and the high avalanche danger in Washington State after a series of Pacific storms.