The Covid-19 Pandemic Complicates Tourism in the Everest Region

2 April 2020, by

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are limitless, reaching even the most remote corners of the Earth, including the Everest region, where the virus is inflicting cascading impacts upon mountain tourism and local well-being.

Video of the week: Quechua Musicians Urge Coronavirus Precaution Through Traditional Song

1 April 2020, by

This video is filmed in the Callejon de Huaylas, located at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca in the north central highlands of Peru, and features a song about coronavirus that is performed in the region’s native Quechua language. The song emphasizes instructions for people to wash their hands and not to ignore advice with “the ears of a pig.”

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.

Celebrating Women in the Cryosphere

26 March 2020, by

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we selected five of our favorite stories about women in the cryosphere: a Japanese woman who was the first woman to summit Mount Everest, a Qashqai activist who lost her life when Iran downed a Ukrainian Airliner earlier this year, an all-female Andean climbing team, a glacier-based educational program for young women, and AGU President and polar scientist Robin Bell.

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.

Glacier Retreat Drives 400% Lake Expansion Southern Alps, New Zealand 1990-2020

19 March 2020, by

Glaciers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps have been losing ice volume since 1978, with an increasing rate in the last decade, resulting in a 400% expansion in the size of the glacial lakes fed by their meltwater.

Video of the Week: “Return to Natural––Documenting the Tasman Glacier”

18 March 2020, by

On a quest to take a single photograph that represents humans’ relationship with nature, landscape photographer and conservationalist Chris Burkard searches New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier for the right shot––and finds it. But it’s not about the image, its about Burkard’s message.

Request for Submissions to the Global Report of Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge on Climate Change 2020

17 March 2020, by

The value of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge to addressing anthropogenic climate change is being increasingly recognized and integrated. This call for submissions will help inform contributions to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

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.

French Resort in the Pyrenees Sparks Debate on the Transportation of Snow to Ski Slopes by Helicopter

10 March 2020, by

Last month Luchon-Superbagnères, a resort in the French Pyrenees, used a helicopter to transport approximately fifty tons of snow to its bare, snowless slopes so that it could remain open during the height of tourist season. The blowback has triggered debate over best practices for ski resorts in the region.

Photo Friday: Norwegian Glacial Ice Preserves Ancient Viking Artifacts

6 March 2020, by

Climate change is rapidly thawing the world’s ice reserves. As glaciers recede, preserved artifacts are exposed, creating opportunity for archaeologists to delve into the secrets of past civilizations.

Photo of Thwaites glacier.

Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is Now Causing Earthquakes

5 March 2020, by

Thwaites Glacier is one of Antarctica’s largest contributors to sea level rise. Its rate of loss has doubled in the past thirty years. Now glaciologists have discovered that it’s also creating earthquakes as it breaks up.