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.

Video of the Week: ICESat-2 Scans Glaciated Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

18 December 2019, by

In this week’s Video of the Week, glaciologist Ben Smith shares the result of ICESat-2’s pass over two glaciated stratovolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Airport Construction Threatens Andean Environments and Cultural Monuments

10 December 2019, by

Construction of a mountain airport has landed the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru—a world heritage site—on the World Monument Fund’s “Watch List.” Archaeologists, environmentalists, and social activists worry that greater access to the region will lead to unrestrained tourism, putting ancient sites, traditional ways of living, and fragile environments at risk.

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.

Photo Friday: Alaska’s Sheridan Glacier––via Operation IceBridge

6 December 2019, by

A stunning image of Sheridan Glacier in southeast Alaska from Operation Ice Bridge, which after a decade of airborne ice observations, has been replaced by a new satellite.

Video of the Week: AWS Installation on Yala Glacier

4 December 2019, by

This week’s Video of the Week features a short clip of researchers installing an automatic weather station on Yala Glacier in Nepal.

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.

Roundup: New Carbon Sink Discovery, Himalaya GLOFs, and Invasive Plants in Antarctica

2 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup read about a new carbon sink discovered––proglacial freshwaters, a National Geographic feature on GLOF risk in the Himalaya, and an invasive plant species has taken root in Antarctica’s glacier forelands.

Photo Friday: Glaciers of the McMurdo Dry Valleys

29 November 2019, by

The McMurdo dry valleys are one of the world’s most extreme deserts. The region is also home to eleven named glaciers. The Suess, Canada, and Commonwealth Glaciers are shared this Photo Friday.

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.

Photo Friday: Taku Glacier Is Finally Receding

22 November 2019, by

Climate change has caught up with the world’s deepest and thickest alpine glacier, which had been advancing since records began in 1946––Taku is finally receding.