Black History Month: Honoring an Arctic Explorer

27 February 2020, by

In April 1909, two men arrived at the North Pole for the first time—but for most of history only one of them was properly recognized for it. Who was the other explorer? A black man named Matthew Henson.

New Laser Technology Reveals Climate Change will Induce a Future of Stronger Saharan Dust Storms

25 February 2020, by

Researchers at the Climate Change Institute used a new high-resolution laser technology to analyze ice from the Colle Gnifetti Glacier in the Alps. This technology allowed the team to trace the history of Saharan dust events as well as the atmospheric conditions that promote them. They predict that climate change will intensify Saharan dust storms, worsening regional air quality and speeding glacial melt.

Video of the Week: Bore Hole Ice Drop!

19 February 2020, by

When the science is done there is the joy of a naturally produced sci-fi sound by dropping unused ice cores into a 450-foot bore hole. Researchers in Antarctica are once again letting us in on the fun.

Congressional Hearing Focuses on Earth’s Changing Cryosphere

18 February 2020, by

Heidi Steltzer and Pamela McElwee recently testified in front of Congress to discuss the findings of the two recently published IPCC reports, in which glaciers and the Earth’s changing cryosphere figure prominently.

Coronavirus is Expanding Into the Mountain Regions of Western China

13 February 2020, by

The novel coronavirus—officially known as COVID-19—is gaining altitude. The mysterious flu-like respiratory illness is creeping into the country’s mountainous western provinces high on the Tibetan Plateau. While the number of cases in these areas still remains low, there has been a slow uptick in infections in recent days.

Video of the Week: Time-Lapse Video Shows Fluid Nature of the Cryosphere

12 February 2020, by

“I like to see the fluid nature of the ice.” Glaciologist Mark Fahnestock narrates a time-lapse video by NASA, which captured decades of ice movement on Earth’s glaciers.

CLIMATE CONFESSION: I WAS WRONG

11 February 2020, by

Planetary scientist and glaciologist Jeff Kargel was thinking about climate change on Earth in too gradualistic of terms––he wants you to know what he now understands.

Ancient Viruses Awaken as the Tibetan Plateau Melts

6 February 2020, by

Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.

Video of the Week: First Footage From Beneath Thwaites Glacier

5 February 2020, by

In this week’s Video of the Week a robot oceanographer takes us 700 meters under the ice to the grounding zone of Thwaites Glacier––the slipping cork of ice keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet intact.

Tracing the Reach of An Interdisciplinary Antarctic Study

4 February 2020, by

A study published in 2018 was the first to provide evidence that a positive feedback loop is currently ongoing between the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with significant implications for ocean circulation. In just two years, this research has been cited 22 times across a variety of fields.

Roundup: Himalaya Pollutants, Patagonia Food Web Study, and Snowfall Variability Dictates Glacier Mass Balance

3 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about how emissions from the activities of humankind are concentrating on Himalayan glaciers, a food web study on glacier and non-glacier fjords in Patagonia, and how Himalaya-Karakoram glacier mass depends on snowfall variability.

Ancient Mosses Add to the Story of the Iceman’s Final Days on Earth

30 January 2020, by

After 5,300 years, Ötzi the Iceman continues to divulge secrets. Scientists recently identified 75 different species of mosses and liverworts in, on and around the glacier mummy that reveal secrets about his final 48 hours.