The Covid-19 Pandemic Complicates Tourism in the Everest Region

2 April 2020, by

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are limitless, reaching even the most remote corners of the Earth, including the Everest region, where the virus is inflicting cascading impacts upon mountain tourism and local well-being.

COVID-19 in Glacier Regions Update: Latin America Responds, Italy Uses Drones to Enforce Quarantine, and the US Copes

30 March 2020, by

In this week’s coronavirus Roundup, read about impacts to rural Peru including a lack of access to clean water, how South Tyrol is using drones to enforce quarantine, and see how some glacier regions in the US are coping.

Photo Friday: Travel and Trade Fair Promotes Mountain Communities

27 March 2020, by

The Kailash Confluence was a travel and trade fair hosted in the Humla District in Nepal. The event was designed to encourage the preservation of the shared culture of Humla and Pulan County in TAR, China. The photo book of the event highlights religious traditions and the trade of local products.

Celebrating Women in the Cryosphere

26 March 2020, by

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we selected five of our favorite stories about women in the cryosphere: a Japanese woman who was the first woman to summit Mount Everest, a Qashqai activist who lost her life when Iran downed a Ukrainian Airliner earlier this year, an all-female Andean climbing team, a glacier-based educational program for young women, and AGU President and polar scientist Robin Bell.

Whistler Water’s Glacial Appeal

24 March 2020, by

Canadian bottled water company, Whistler Water, relies on its glacial spring source in company advertisements. With its water sourced from glaciers in the coastal mountain range, the company has created a natural, pure image for itself. However, the glaciers in this mountain range are shrinking rapidly.

Photo Friday: The Drygalski Ice Tongue

20 March 2020, by

Ice tongues are oddball characters of the cryosphere. At 43-miles long and up to 15 miles wide, Antarctica’s Drygalski Ice Tongue is the world’s largest. Despite facing the constant threat of licking by belligerent icebergs, it has managed to hang on for some 4,000 years.

Request for Submissions to the Global Report of Indigenous Knowledge and Local Knowledge on Climate Change 2020

17 March 2020, by

The value of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge to addressing anthropogenic climate change is being increasingly recognized and integrated. This call for submissions will help inform contributions to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

Roundup: COVID-19 in Glacier Regions

16 March 2020, by

For this week’s Roundup we compiled the glacier regions affected by the novel coronavirus––including the Alps, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Karakoram, Himalaya, Greenland, and Cascades––where the dislocation of remote glacier communities cuts both ways. Expeditions to Mount Everest have been suspended.

Glacier Retreat Poses Threat to Beer Production

12 March 2020, by

Glacier retreat in Washington State’s Cascade Mountain Range may threaten the irrigation of hops crops in the Yakima Valley, where a large portion of the global supply of hops, a key ingredient in beer production, are grown.

French Resort in the Pyrenees Sparks Debate on the Transportation of Snow to Ski Slopes by Helicopter

10 March 2020, by

Last month Luchon-Superbagnères, a resort in the French Pyrenees, used a helicopter to transport approximately fifty tons of snow to its bare, snowless slopes so that it could remain open during the height of tourist season. The blowback has triggered debate over best practices for ski resorts in the region.

Photo Friday: Norwegian Glacial Ice Preserves Ancient Viking Artifacts

6 March 2020, by

Climate change is rapidly thawing the world’s ice reserves. As glaciers recede, preserved artifacts are exposed, creating opportunity for archaeologists to delve into the secrets of past civilizations.

Video of the Week: Animation Shows Frequency of Antarctic Calving Events

4 March 2020, by

A new animation produced by a satellite imaging glaciologist shows three Antarctic calving events. The events, which occurred between 2017 and 2020, are indicative of the rapid retreat the Pine Island Glacier has experienced in recent years.