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.
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.
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.
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 Selection20 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
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.
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.
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 UNESCO13 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
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.
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.
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.