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.

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: A New Glacier Surge Study, Three Decades of Caucasus Glacier-Debris Change, and Mining Expansion in Greenland

2 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new study advancing understanding of glacier surges, research spanning nearly 30 years of debris cover change on Caucasus region glaciers, and how mining is poised to take advantage of glacier retreat in Greenland.

Photo Friday: Engabreen Glacier and Subglacial Laboratory

28 February 2020, by

Norway-based glaciologist and IPCC author Miriam Jackson takes us to her office, 200 meters below the ice of Engabreen Glacier, where scientists have been observing the Norway’s fastest retreating glacier since 1992.

New Laser Technology Reveals Climate Change will Induce a Future of Stronger Saharan Dust Storms

25 February 2020, by

Researchers at the Climate Change Institute used a new high-resolution laser technology to analyze ice from the Colle Gnifetti Glacier in the Alps. This technology allowed the team to trace the history of Saharan dust events as well as the atmospheric conditions that promote them. They predict that climate change will intensify Saharan dust storms, worsening regional air quality and speeding glacial melt.

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.

Photo Friday: French President Emmanuel Macron Dons Ski Suit and Visits Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace

21 February 2020, by

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron took the tram from the Alpine village of Chamonix up to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, to pay homage to the legendary massif and reflect on the toll climate change is exacting on its great glacier, the Mer de Glace.

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.