New Satellite Imagery Shows Rapid Pace of Andean Glacier Melt

17 October 2019, by

In an attempt to improve understanding of glacial melt across the Andes, researchers have harnessed the image-collecting power of a satellite with the Asimovian name of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer.

A Two-Century-Long Advance Reversed by Climate Change

15 October 2019, by

Nichols College researcher Mauri Pelto analyzes the retreat of Taku Glacier, the largest outlet glacier in Alaska’s Juneau Icefield. By Pelto’s count, Taku’s retreat means the scorecard now reads: climate change 250, alpine glaciers 0.

Roundup: Tropical Glaciers, Experimental Cryoconite, and Grand Teton National Park

14 October 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, check out a study describing glacier mass loss in Peru’s tropical glaciers between 2000 and 2016, experimental surface melt holes, and a new study of glaciers in Grand Teton National Park.

Making Connections at the 2019 International Mountain Conference

10 October 2019, by

Over 500 mountain researchers came together in Sept. at the heart of the Tyrolean Alps in Innsbruck, Austria in order to engage in in-depth, cross-disciplinary discussions aimed at furthering global understanding of mountain systems, their responses, and resiliencies.

Roundup: Ice911, Glacier Tourism in New Zealand, and Ice Stupas

7 October 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a novel approach to fighting climate change, the impact of glacier melt on tourism in New Zealand, and ice stupas in Ladakh.

Photo Friday: Inside the Final Negotiations of the IPCC’s Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere

4 October 2019, by

IPCC authors and national delegates put the final touches on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate during negotiations in Monaco ahead of the release of the report on Sept. 25.

Pakistan Could Be Left High and Dry Even If Nations Achieve Paris Climate Targets

3 October 2019, by

University of Hamburg researchers found that if nations successfully keep global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-Industrial Age levels, Pakistan will still face a long-term water availability crisis.

Video of the Week: The IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere

2 October 2019, by

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on Sept. 25 its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Check out a short video about its findings.

Antarctic Fungi Provides a Window into the Past and Future

1 October 2019, by

Fungi inhabiting Antarctic snow and ice may represent life from the Earth’s atmosphere thousands of years ago, which might provide an index of the planet’s microbial history. Some cold-adapted fungi might also hold significant bio-technological applications.

A Future in the Balance: Unprecedented Ocean and Cryosphere Change Requires Urgent Action, IPCC Report Finds

27 September 2019, by

The most recent report from the IPCC highlights the severe impact of climate change on the world’s water, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest peaks of our changing mountains.

A First-of-Its-Kind Model of Bolivian GLOFs Projects Significant Risks

24 September 2019, by

Researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States simulated the impacts of glacial lake outburst floods on six communities in the Bolivian Andes. They found that as many as 2,200 people could be subjected to life threatening flooding.

Roundup: Accelerating Sea Level Rise, France’s Mer de Glace, and Andean Glacier Change

23 September 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the World Meteorological Organization’s new climate study, a report from France’s Mer de Glace, and an interdisciplinary analysis of changes in the high Andes.