University of Lausanne Launches Interdisciplinary Mountain Research Center

19 March 2019, by

Iago Otero and Emmanuel Reynard describe the launch of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research at the University of Lausanne—a four-year pilot project focused on contributing to the sustainable development of mountain regions.

Roundup: Andean Land-Use Change, Glacier Chronology in the US, and Mount Everest Way

18 March 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about local perceptions of land-use change in the Andes, an updated chronology of glaciation in the western US, and the dedication of Mount Everest Way in Jackson Heights, Queens.

United Nations Steps for Building Functional Early Warning Systems

14 March 2019, by

The United Nation’s “Five Approaches to Build Functional Early Warning Systems” emphasizes the importance of these systems as a necessary tool for improving quality of life and in building resilient nations.

Kashmir’s Water: New Weapon of War for India and Pakistan?

13 March 2019, by

Water is one of the most important aspects of India and Pakistan’s 70-year dispute over Kashmir. How will climate change impact water availability and future political tensions in the region?

Lahars Increase Stress-Tolerant Vegetation on Explosive Popocatépetl

7 March 2019, by

Glacier-covered volcanoes, such as Popocatépetl, are more susceptible to lahars due to glacial melting that occurs during eruptions. Research shows an increase in stress-tolerant, competitive vegetation due to the changing environment.

Video of the Week: Preserving Sheepherding and Tradition Among Nepal’s Tamang Community

6 March 2019, by

Manchhiring Tamang’s documentary “A Day in the Life of a Himalayan Shepherd” beautifully captures the vast Himalayan landscape and sheepherding practices of the Tamang community in the Dhading district of central Nepal.

The New Science Editors of the Journal of Glaciology

28 February 2019, by

The Journal of Glaciology recently brought on several new science editors who are eager to improve understanding of climate change and its impacts. They look forward to utilizing their skills and expertise to build on current climate knowledge and explore new areas of research.

What the Newest Global Glacier-Volume Estimate Means for High Mountain Asia

27 February 2019, by

A new study of the ice-thickness distribution of the world’s 215,000 glaciers found that High Mountain Asia has 27 percent less ice than previously thought—and could lose half of its glacier area by the mid-2060s.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions: Encouraging the Next Generation of Women Scientists

26 February 2019, by

The organization is dedicated to encouraging woman to pursue careers in the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Roundup: Geopolitics in South Asia, “Last Chance Tourism,” and Antarctic Fjords

25 February 2019, by

This week’s Roundup includes escalating conflict in South Asia over water, a study on “last chance tourism,” and a look at glacial meltwater in Antarctic fjords.

Increased Focus on Mountains in the IPCC’s AR6 Report

21 February 2019, by

The IPCC’s Working Group II report will feature a “Cross-Chapter Paper” on mountain ecosystems, which possess immense natural resources and biodiversity, but face acute challenges due to climate change.

Asia’s Water Supply Endangered by Third Pole Warming

19 February 2019, by

Third pole glaciers feed into some of the major rivers in Asia, supplying freshwater to about one-fifth of the global population. Warming and the imminent loss of these glaciers could have dire consequences.