Roundup: Gender, Dust and Pacific Glaciers

1 February 2016, by

Glaciers, gender, and science “Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered […]

Glacier Floods in the Central Himalayas

27 January 2016, by

A river basin in the Central Himalayas is at risk of dramatic glacial lake outburst floods, which can cause great loss in downstream areas, according to a recent study in the journal Mountain Research and Development. Glacial lakes form as glaciers melt, and they can burst and cause floods when an ice dam, or an […]

How Life Arrives on Glacier Barrens

26 January 2016, by

The crust that forms on the top layer of the soil that is exposed after a glacier retreats is a rich, important place and can support new plant growth in a tough alpine environment. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Biology suggests that biological soil crusts can help larger plants grow and colonize […]

Roundup: Glaciers Lose Old Timber, Gain Dust and Carbon

25 January 2016, by

Efforts to Clean Up Switzerland “A lot of infrastructure in the Alps dilapidates due to a missing use, the absence of owners or an unclear legal status. The infrastructure built in the latter half of the 20th century consists of solidified, impregnated wood, and metal. A recent survey by mountain wilderness has shown that there […]

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The Challenge of Sediment Management

20 January 2016, by

A new research study entitled “Ecosystem impacts of Alpine water intakes for hydropower: the challenge of sediment management” explores the effects of different hydropower capture techniques on human and ecosystem water needs. Rivers fed by glacial melt and snowmelt in Alpine regions serve as a critical resource for hydroelectric power production. However, the management systems […]

Could Glacier Retreat Cause Seals to Wander?

19 January 2016, by

Though populations of harbor seals – the captivating species seen in almost every zoo – are stable in other areas of the world, they are seeing declines in southeastern Alaska. These particular seals use icebergs calved from nearby glaciers as a place to rest and breed, but changes in ice availability are affecting these behaviors, crucial […]

Identifying the Peregrine Falcons on Alaska’s Coast

12 January 2016, by

A new study sheds light on the Peregrine Falcons which populated an area in Alaska after retreating glaciers opened it to colonization. Though earlier researchers believed that this new habitat was filled by the subspecies from nearby coastal areas, the researchers found an inland subspecies in this area. Icy Bay, the study site, was entirely […]

Even You Can Contribute to Glacier Research

7 January 2016, by

A new method proposed by Gloria Bordogna and her team allows for researchers to rely on volunteers for data collection.

Researchers Question Glacier Study

6 January 2016, by

This article has been republished on GlacierHub and was originally posted on the personal blog of Joseph Michael Shea. Shea is a glacier hydrologist with the International Center for Integrated Mountain (ICIMOD) and is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Follow him on Twitter here.  A paper published last year in the Indian journal Current Science […]

If You Can’t Handle the Heat – Retreat

5 January 2016, by

Zachariæ Isstrøm, a large glacier in the northeast coast of Greenland, is in a state of accelerated retreat after it detached from an important sill. This shift has caused great instability for the glacier, according to a new study from Science Magazine. Recognizing 0.5 meters of possible sea level rise held within Zachariæ, and its acceleration expected to […]

Glaciers Harbor Life Over Millennia

31 December 2015, by

Rock samples collected at the base of glaciers in Canada, Norway, Greenland and Antarctica have helped resolve a longstanding mystery: what were the energy sources that supported life in the distant geological past, when the earth was covered with ice? The microorganisms in subglacial habitats may have taken energy from hydrogen molecules during the harsh […]

Glaciers Provide Insight on Norse Migration

29 December 2015, by

Recent research on the dynamics of glaciers in the Arctic over the last millennium has altered understandings of climate history and of human migrations in this inhospitable region. Glaciers in Baffin Island and western Greenland reached their maximum extent during the time of Medieval Warm Period,  roughly 950-1250,  instead of the Little Ice Age of the sixteenth through […]