A new study re-emphasizes the importance of considering the ocean’s role in forcing changes on ocean-terminating glaciers.
Roundup: Melting Glaciers Move Borders, Peruvian Study Opens Door for Glacial Research, and Glacier Meltwater Acoustics18 May 2020, by GlacierHub
In this week’s Roundup read about how melting glaciers are shifting a border in Europe, how a glacial runoff study in Peru opened a door for research, and what the sounds glaciers make can show us about their health.
The Peruvian government declared the sale of flowers and ornamental plants to be “essential” to the nation, but longstanding barriers limit retail to formal enterprises, shutting out an estimated 70% of the country’s growers. Farmers in the highlands of Peru are among the most impacted.
Protests sparked by the coronavirus have broken out in the Astore District in northern Pakistan. This region is home to many glaciers, which heavily influence the lives of local communities.
An interview with Peruvian glaciologist Wilmer Rodriguez, who reports that despite the global coronavirus shutdown, anthropogenic black carbon levels on glaciers in Peru remains steady.
Roundup: Norwegian Glacier Change, Climbing Federation Refocuses Priorities, and Antarctic Meltwater Influence on Phytoplankton11 May 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about the uniform retreat of recently advancing Norwegian glaciers, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation’s restated priorities, and how Antarctic meltwater is influencing phytoplankton, the base of marine food webs.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center resumed daily monitoring of the 2020 Greenland melt season. The interactive chart, which is updated daily, provides a contextual look at ongoing melt across the ice sheet and its outlet glaciers.
In this week’s Roundup, many US states allow ‘stay home’ orders to expire. Meanwhile, in the glacier state of Peru the virus continues its upward trajectory and in Tajikistan, in the Pamirs of Central Asia, the virus has made a sudden impact.
In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a stirring journal entry from an editor of a media outlet in the Italian Alps, a series of tweets from Ecuador show the difficulty of aid distribution and burial of the dead, and in Pakistan glacier communities are praised for their social distancing while testing is disproportionate across the nation.
In this week’s Roundup, we check in on glacier regions battling the coronavirus: a five month-old girl in Pakistan beats the disease, unconventional ‘stay home’ order enforcement tactics in Nepal, aid provided by Indigenous communities in Ecuador, how an aprés-ski town in Italy fueled the spread in Europe, anecdotes from the Italian Alps, and a new food fund in Washington State.
Stay home orders worldwide have slowed the thrum of human activity. Water is clearer, air is cleaner, and even seismic activity is more detectable. Some glacier communities are seeing their mountains through visibility not experienced in decades.