Roundup: “At Glacier’s End,” Arctic Seabirds Adapt, and Ice Stream Formation

27 January 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new book on Icelandic glaciers by photographer Chris Burkard and writer Matt McDonald, how two species of Arctic seabirds are adapting, and the first video of ice stream formation.

Seabirds Find New Ways to Forage in a Changing Arctic

23 January 2020, by

Discharge from Arctic tidewater glaciers create the perfect foraging habitat for seabirds. Researchers have been following the foraging behavior of two types of Arctic seabirds that feed near the edges of these glaciers as the climate changes.

Video of the Week: A First-ever Look at Ice Stream Formation

22 January 2020, by

In 2013 the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian high Arctic surged forward. Scientists believe the video taken in the subsequent years is the first look at the transition of a cold-based glacier to ice stream.

Roundup: The Hydropower Potential In Glacier Retreat, A Glacier Children’s Book, and How Glaciers Affect Kyrgyz Pasture Selection

20 January 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the hydropower potential in glacier-free basins, a new children’s book featuring the life of a glacial erratic, and how glaciers figure in to Kyrgyz pasture selection.

Photo Friday: Thwaites Glacier Bore Hole Drilled

17 January 2020, by

A team of scientists has bored a hole through Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier as the race to understand how warm ocean waters are melting the ice from beneath heats up.

Video of the Week: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes

15 January 2020, by

The eruption launched plumes of ash and smoke 20,000 feet into the air and could be seen from space. No one was injured, although authorities are still warning people to stay away from the grumbling behemoth because of possible falling fragments and ash.

Indigenous Activist Among Those Killed In Iran’s Takedown of Civilian Airliner

14 January 2020, by

Ghanimat Azhdari, a member of the Qashqai nomadic people of southwestern and central Iran, spent her life researching and promoting Indigenous-driven conservation efforts throughout Central Asia and the world. She perished on January 8, 2020 when Iranian security forces mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines jetliner, killing all on board.

Roundup: Iceland Tourism Unconcerned by Warming, The World’s Water Towers, Alpinism Recognized by UNESCO

13 January 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a study that found Iceland’s glacier tour operators are unconcerned with climate change, a major study on the world’s water towers, and UNESCO recognizes alpinism as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

‘Most Ice on Earth is Very Close to Melting Conditions’

9 January 2020, by

Andreas Kääb says we need to understand how glaciers are shrinking in order to better adapt to climate change impacts such as changes to water supply, landslides and avalanches.

Kerguelen Island Glacier Retreat Expands Lake District

2 January 2020, by

An examination of Landsat and Sentinel imagery from 2001-2019 shows glacier retreat of outlet glaciers on the Cook Ice Cap––and an expanding lakes district.

Amazon Fires Quickening Glacier Melting in Andes

31 December 2019, by

The burning rainforest releases black carbon into the atmosphere, which, according to a growing number of scientific studies, directly contributes to the melting of glaciers.

Crowded Backcountry Ski Slopes Increase Risk of Skiers Endangering Each Other

26 December 2019, by

Avalanche risk is on the rise as more people enter backcountry alpine terrain. A new study seeking to quantify the risk to multi-party avalanches hopes to raise awareness and provoke discussion.