Roundup: Pollen in Ice Cores, Melting in Greenland, and Water Usage in Switzerland

19 August 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about new scientific findings from the Kyrgyz Republic, Greenland, and Switzerland.

Snow Algae Thrives in Some of Earth’s Most Extreme Conditions

14 August 2019, by

A new study of snow algae in Chile reveals the reasons for its tenacity here on Earth—and how life might thrive elsewhere in the universe.

Swing, Kick, Swing: Ice Climbing on a Norwegian Glacier

7 August 2019, by

In previous GlacierHub posts, I’ve written about last chance tourism, but now, I was actually living it. In this story, read about my personal experience on Austerdalsbreen, a Norwegian glacier.

Dispatches from the Cryosphere: Intimate Encounters with the Intricate and Disappearing Ice of Everest Base Camp

25 July 2019, by

Social scientist and GlacierHub contributor Chris Dunn reflects on three months of research in the Himalayas of Nepal, where he ascended peaks, conducted interviews, and collected high-altitude black carbon samples.

The Accumulation Zone of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier Is Shrinking

23 July 2019, by

Nichols College glaciologist Mauri Pelto examines Landsat images of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, the most visited terminus in the Juneau Icefield.

Roundup: Expanding Glaciers, Appraising the Himalaya, and Ice Worms

22 July 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about why some glaciers are maintaining equilibrium—or even expanding, an overview of Himalayan glaciers, and the biogeography of North American ice worms.

New Heights in the Himalayas: High-Altitude Weather Monitoring

16 July 2019, by

ICIMOD’s recently developed online story map, called Reaching New Heights, highlights the extensive fieldwork on Rikha Samba glacier. Early data collection has revealed significant changes since 2010.

East and South Asia Are the Largest Sources of Black Carbon Blanketing the Tibetan Plateau

11 July 2019, by

The glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau have seen an increase in black carbon concentrations since the pre-industrial era. A new study measured the amount of black carbon and dust on a glacier in the northeastern part of the plateau.

South Asian Perspectives on News of Rapid Himalayan Glacier Melt

9 July 2019, by

A new study that finds a doubling of Himalayan glacier melt has received international media recognition, including among South Asian news outlets, which explore implications for regional freshwater supply.

Ancient Humans of Glaciated Western China Consumed High-Potency Cannabis

4 July 2019, by

While it’s uncertain whether the plants were cultivated intentionally or selectively harvested for high potency, it is clear that glaciers played a central role in hydrating the marijuana used in western China around 500 BC.

Rising Temperatures Have Doubled Himalayan Glacier Melt—Study

3 July 2019, by

A new Columbia University study that relied on declassified images from spy satellites shows that glaciers in the Himalayas melted twice as fast from 2000 to 2016 as they did from 1975 to 2000.

Dispatch from the Cryosphere: Glacier Decrease in the Georgian Caucasus

18 June 2019, by

Levan Tielidze, a senior research scientist at the Institute of Geography at Tbilisi State University, describes some of the changes underway on Georgia’s glaciers.