Study Analyzes Strengths and Weaknesses of Glacier Monitoring Systems Around the World

5 December 2019, by

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.

Large storage potential in future ice-free glacier basins

3 December 2019, by

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.

Video of the Week: Study Examines Melting of Greenland

27 November 2019, by

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.

Roundup: A Tlingit Song, Glacier Theory, and Rock Glacier Classification

25 November 2019, by

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.

Russian Navy Confirms Emergence of Five New Islands in the Arctic Ocean

21 November 2019, by

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.

Tlingit Song Recalls Glacier Bay and Time Gone By

19 November 2019, by

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.

Photo of the Ngozumpa Glacier in Nepal.

Mountain Summit Issues Call for Action on Climate Change

14 November 2019, by

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.

Video of the Week: Hellish Bike Race Down French Alpine Glacier

13 November 2019, by

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.

Snow and Glacier Themed Animated Film ‘Abominable’ Fuels Geopolitical Controversy

7 November 2019, by

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.

New Studies Trace Glacier Dynamics in the Grand Tetons

5 November 2019, by

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.

Roundup: Glacier Melt Reveals New Islands, ICIMOD Job Search, and New Monuments

4 November 2019, by

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.

Huge Cracks in Antarctic Glacier Foreshadow Epic Calving Event

30 October 2019, by

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.