Roundup: Andean Land-Use Change, Glacier Chronology in the US, and Mount Everest Way

18 March 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about local perceptions of land-use change in the Andes, an updated chronology of glaciation in the western US, and the dedication of Mount Everest Way in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Lahars Increase Stress-Tolerant Vegetation on Explosive Popocatépetl

7 March 2019, by

Glacier-covered volcanoes, such as Popocatépetl, are more susceptible to lahars due to glacial melting that occurs during eruptions. Research shows an increase in stress-tolerant, competitive vegetation due to the changing environment.

On Carbon, AGU President Robin Bell Walks the Walk

6 March 2019, by

A profile of Robin Bell, the world’s earth science leader. She says individual effort on climate change leads to collective action. She takes her carbon footprint seriously, and thinks you should too.

The New Science Editors of the Journal of Glaciology

28 February 2019, by

The Journal of Glaciology recently brought on several new science editors who are eager to improve understanding of climate change and its impacts. They look forward to utilizing their skills and expertise to build on current climate knowledge and explore new areas of research.

What the Newest Global Glacier-Volume Estimate Means for High Mountain Asia

27 February 2019, by

A new study of the ice-thickness distribution of the world’s 215,000 glaciers found that High Mountain Asia has 27 percent less ice than previously thought—and could lose half of its glacier area by the mid-2060s.

Increased Focus on Mountains in the IPCC’s AR6 Report

21 February 2019, by

The IPCC’s Working Group II report will feature a “Cross-Chapter Paper” on mountain ecosystems, which possess immense natural resources and biodiversity, but face acute challenges due to climate change.

Asia’s Water Supply Endangered by Third Pole Warming

19 February 2019, by

Third pole glaciers feed into some of the major rivers in Asia, supplying freshwater to about one-fifth of the global population. Warming and the imminent loss of these glaciers could have dire consequences.

Video of the Week: The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment

13 February 2019, by

GlacierHub’s Video of the Week describes the sobering findings of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, which documents the risk of climate change on the region.

Drones in the Service of Sustainability: Tracking Soil Moisture in the Peruvian Andes

12 February 2019, by

Researchers used drones to obtain high-resolution images of soil moisture levels in proglacial valleys of the Cordillera Blanca range in Peru.

Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Outlines Potentially Dire Impacts of Climate Change

7 February 2019, by

Glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are projected to shrink by one-third by the end of the century even if average global temperature rise is held to within 1.5°C, according to the authors of a comprehensive report of the region.

Video of the Week: What Glacier Melt Means for Humpback Whales

6 February 2019, by

In our Video of the Week, marine biologists examine how climate change might impact humpback whales in the waters off the coast of Chile. Researchers utilized buoys to gather information on water composition and monitor changes in the whale’s habitat. 

COP24 President Highlights Risk of Political Instability During NYC Visit

6 February 2019, by

Michał Kurtyka, a Polish energy minister who presided over COP24 negotiations in Katowice, Poland last December, visited Columbia University and participated in a UN Security Council meeting about the threat of climate change to international peace and security.