Roundup: Iceberg-Tsunami Dynamics, Backcountry Avalanche Risk Rises, and Cruikshank Receives Prestigious Award

30 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a study to better understand iceberg-tsunami dynamics, avalanche risk on crowded backcountry slopes, and Julie Cruikshank is recognized by the Polar Knowledge Canada.

Glacier line in 1934. Credit: Simon Norfolk, Project Pressure

Roundup: MELTDOWN Visualizing Climate Change, Foodweb Complexity of High Mountain Lakes, and Melting Swiss Glaciers

23 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the ongoing exhibition MELTDOWN in London by Project Pressure, a study examining food webs of high mountain lakes, and a comprehensive look at Swiss glaciers and the implications of their melt.

Last Remaining Glaciers in the Pacific Will Soon Melt Away

19 December 2019, by

A warming atmosphere and less precipitation falling as snow on Pacific glaciers, like Papua New Guinea, are killing them. Researchers believe other mountaintop glaciers will follow quickly.

IMD Marked with Event at United Nations Headquarters

17 December 2019, by

This year the UN headquarters in New York hosted a special event marking International Mountain Day on December 11. The event centered on the importance of youth in mountainous regions. Ben Orlove, managing editor of GlacierHub, spoke on a panel at the event.

Photo Friday: Bushfires in Australia Blanket New Zealand Glaciers in Soot

13 December 2019, by

Smoke and dust from bushfires in Australia have crossed the Tasman Sea and settled on glaciers in New Zealand. This coating of ash threatens New Zealand’s glaciers by increasing melting. It also highlights the severity of Australia’s bushfires.

Why Lake Superior Is Rising and What That Means for the City of Duluth

12 December 2019, by

As a climate threat, sea level rise has been well-documented. However, it’s rising lake levels, linked to the warming climate, that may be threatening the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a city recognized for its climate-safe attributes and that is being advertised as a safe haven for climate refugees.

Roundup: Global Glacier Monitoring, Tourism and Public Management in Kenai Fjords, and the Development of an Austrian Glacier

9 December 2019, by

In this week’s roundup read about a new study analyzing strengths and weaknesses of glacier monitoring systems, a study on tourism and public management at Kenai Fjords, and the development of a glacier at an Austrian ski resort.

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.

Proglacial Freshwaters Found to be Carbon Sinks

26 November 2019, by

A study published in September revealed that proglacial freshwaters are significant carbon sinks––an upside of glacier retreat.

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.

Roundup: Effects of High Latitude Dust, The First Proglacial Sediment Inventory, Glaciers and New Zealand’s Paleoclimate

18 November 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup read about the effects of Arctic dust, the first proglacial sediment inventory, and how glacier fluctuations inform New Zealand’s paleoclimate record.

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.