Glacier monitoring programs are essential to the national and global climate policy-making process. A recent study assessed the status of glacier monitoring programs around the world.
Glaciologists at ETH Zurich and WSL assessed the global water storage and hydropower potential that could be freed up in future as glaciers melt in response to climate change.
Greenland’s melting could cause 27cm of sea level rise by 2100. Researchers are working on a 4 year study to better understand the rate of melting of Heheim, one of Greenland’s largest outlet glaciers.
In this week’s Roundup read about a Huna Tlingit woman’s wolf-inspired song, the history of an opponent of glacier theory, and a new study classifying rock glaciers.
The physical geography of the Arctic Ocean is evolving as climate change causes ice melt to reveal new islands and waterways in remote areas near the North Pole. The exposure of this new frontier will alter the behavior of Russia’s strategic militaristic forces as well as shift the geopolitical environment of the region in terms of shipping and resource extraction.
A recent paper describes a song from 120 years ago that a Huna Tlingit woman named Mary Sheakley first sang after an encounter with wolves in Glacier Bay Alaska. Just as remarkable is the spontaneous recollection of it decades later by her younger clan sister after being nearly lost to time.
The World Meteorological Organization convened a three-day summit to identify priority actions to support more sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation in high-mountain areas and downstream.
British online publication SPORTbible posted a video on their twitter handle this week profiling the mad “Mountain of Hell” bike race—a yearly competition where hundreds of mountain bikers careen 8200 feet down a glacier at Les Deux Alpes ski resort in France.
A half second blip in the newly released animated kids film “Abominable,” was all it took to aggravate a decades-old geopolitical controversy in Southeast Asia in October. The film—about a lovable yeti and his child companions’ journey to the Himalayas—has been banned in Vietnam and Malaysia, and boycotted in the Philippines.
In Grand Teton National Park, two groups of researchers are investigating glaciers from different, but complimentary perspectives. National Park Service scientists are tracking glacial melt on five of the park’s eleven glaciers while Washington State University biologist, Scott Hotaling, examines the effects of glacial meltwater on the microbiota downstream.
In this week’s Roundup, read about the discovery of five new islands in the Arctic, ICIMOD’s search for a director general, and the World Monuments Fund’s 2020 Watch List.
The European Space Agency (ESA) released a video this past week showing the evolution of two very large and disconcerting cracks in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. They have each grown to 20km in length and could shear off a hunk of ice the size of Paris and Manhattan combined.