Roundup: “Wild card” glaciers, luxury ice cubes, & glacial dynamics

5 October 2015, by

This West Antarctica glacier is a ‘wild card’ for world’s coastlines “Scientists who have been raising alarms about the endangered ice sheet of West Antarctica say they’ve identified a key glacier that could pose the single most immediate threat to the world’s coastlines – and are pushing for an urgent new effort to study it. […]

Photo Friday: Timelapse of New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier

2 October 2015, by

The National Snow and Ice Data Center’s Glacier Photograph Collection is an online, ever-expanding, searchable collection of photographs of glaciers. Photos in the collection date back as far as the mid-1800s until the present, making it as an important historical record dating that allows those interested to examine the effect of climate change on glaciers. […]

Rhone Watershed At Risk from Climate Change

1 October 2015, by

Researchers, policy experts and agency managers have long recognized that water resources are influenced both by global climate processes and by regional environmental dynamics.  In a close examination of an economically important region in the Swiss Alps, reseachers recently found that land use change have a much smaller impact on glacier and snow melt than climate […]

Glacier Residents Include Birds and Mammals

30 September 2015, by

A recent article in the Journal of Biogeography provides the first systematic review of birds and mammals which include glaciers (and perennial snow patches) as part of their regular habitats. The author, Jørgen Rosvold of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, documents the great importance of these cold frozen environments for a number of […]

France and Italy Argue Over Disputed Glacier Territory

29 September 2015, by

Disputed territory on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, raised buried tensions between Italy and France earlier this month after the mayor of Chamonix, in France, blocked off access to a dangerous glacier on what Italians claim as their own territory. The Mayor, Eric Fournier, closed a gate at the entrance of the Giant […]

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Roundup: Grounding Lines, Fault Lines and Algae-filled Pits

28 September 2015, by

NASA reports on the Hidden Melting of Greenland’s Glaciers “What’s causing this ‘big thaw’? Rignot’s team found that Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured. This means that the warm ocean currents at depth can sweep across the glacier faces and erode them.“In polar regions, the upper layers […]

Photo Friday: Iceland through Instagram

25 September 2015, by

This week, Fulbright scholar and researcher M Jackson shares a glimpse of her work and travel in Höfn, Iceland, which she deems “cryosphere paradise,” as captured through Instagram. [slideshow_deploy id=’6291′] M Jackson is a U.S. Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon. She’s currently based in Höfn, Iceland, through a U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research […]

Climate Variability Shapes Glacier Retreat in Peru and Norway

24 September 2015, by

Two recent studies, one in Peru and the other in Norway, link glacier retreat, not to climate change as many researchers have done, but to climate variability—the fluctuations in temperature and precipitation across large regions of the world, on time scales of years or decades. These studies add an important level of detail to the […]

Beer Funds Glacier Research

23 September 2015, by

What do you get when you mix research with a beer company? Deja Brew, the taste of a 1962 batch of Kokanee beer. In exchange for five liters of meltwater from 1962, the Kokanee Beer company agreed to contribute $10,000 dollars to fund glacier research by Dr. Brian Menounos of the University of Northern British […]

A Monpa monk spins prayer wheels at Tawang monastery, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo courtesy of Anupam Nath/AP

India’s Hydroelectric Plans Threaten Local Comunities

22 September 2015, by

  Indigenous Buddhist tribes in northeast India are protesting government plans to build fifteen new hydroelectric sites along their settlement region. The Monpa tribe, which lives along the Tawang river basin in over 234 scattered settlements in Arunachal Pradesh, fears that the hydroelectric projects will affect their religious sites and monasteries, as well as the […]

Roundup: Swiss Blankets and Data, Participation in Tajikistan

21 September 2015, by

Blankets covering Swiss glacier to halt ice melt is a temporary fix “From a distance, the Rhone glacier seems perfect, but when seen closely, the surface is covered with white blankets for slowing down the melting of the rapidly retreating ice. The dusty, white fleece covers a huge area near the glacier’s edge. But there […]

Bagrote Valley

Photo Friday: Bagrote Valley in the Karakoram

18 September 2015, by

This Photo Friday, GlacierHub shares photos of the Bagrote Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, the northernmost region of Pakistan. These photos, taken by photographer Farman Karim Baig, illustrate the wide diversity of glacial landscapes: these photos of the valley highlight the contrast between the snowy, mountainous peaks of the nearby Hinarche Glacier and the stark, dry, low-lying valley foreground. The […]