Crowded Backcountry Ski Slopes Increase Risk of Skiers Endangering Each Other

26 December 2019, by

Avalanche risk is on the rise as more people enter backcountry alpine terrain. A new study seeking to quantify the risk to multi-party avalanches hopes to raise awareness and provoke discussion.

Study Aims to Better Understand Iceberg-Tsunami Dynamics

24 December 2019, by

Iceberg calving can create powerful waves when large chunks of ice fall from glaciers into the ocean. A recent study conducted 66 experiments to better understand the features of iceberg calving to determine iceberg-tsunami strength and parameters.

Glacier line in 1934. Credit: Simon Norfolk, Project Pressure

Roundup: MELTDOWN Visualizing Climate Change, Foodweb Complexity of High Mountain Lakes, and Melting Swiss Glaciers

23 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about the ongoing exhibition MELTDOWN in London by Project Pressure, a study examining food webs of high mountain lakes, and a comprehensive look at Swiss glaciers and the implications of their melt.

Photo Friday: A Southern Patagonia Glacier from Space

20 December 2019, by

This Photo Friday is brought to you by a resident of the International Space Station; astronaut Christina Koch shares a personal image of Perito Moreno glacier in the Patagonia ice field.

Last Remaining Glaciers in the Pacific Will Soon Melt Away

19 December 2019, by

A warming atmosphere and less precipitation falling as snow on Pacific glaciers, like Papua New Guinea, are killing them. Researchers believe other mountaintop glaciers will follow quickly.

Video of the Week: ICESat-2 Scans Glaciated Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest

18 December 2019, by

In this week’s Video of the Week, glaciologist Ben Smith shares the result of ICESat-2’s pass over two glaciated stratovolcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.

IMD Marked with Event at United Nations Headquarters

17 December 2019, by

This year the UN headquarters in New York hosted a special event marking International Mountain Day on December 11. The event centered on the importance of youth in mountainous regions. Ben Orlove, managing editor of GlacierHub, spoke on a panel at the event.

Roundup: AGU 100, The Third Pole, and Why Lake Superior is Rising

16 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup, GlacierHub reports out from AGU 100, exploring a basis for calling the Himalayas the Third Pole, and what a rising Lake Superior means for Duluth.

Photo Friday: Bushfires in Australia Blanket New Zealand Glaciers in Soot

13 December 2019, by

Smoke and dust from bushfires in Australia have crossed the Tasman Sea and settled on glaciers in New Zealand. This coating of ash threatens New Zealand’s glaciers by increasing melting. It also highlights the severity of Australia’s bushfires.

Why Lake Superior Is Rising and What That Means for the City of Duluth

12 December 2019, by

As a climate threat, sea level rise has been well-documented. However, it’s rising lake levels, linked to the warming climate, that may be threatening the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a city recognized for its climate-safe attributes and that is being advertised as a safe haven for climate refugees.

Video of the Week: How do we Keep the Paris Agreement on Track by COP26?

11 December 2019, by

The Video of the Week highlights what needs to be done between now and COP26 to keep the Paris Agreement on track to meet its goals.

Airport Construction Threatens Andean Environments and Cultural Monuments

10 December 2019, by

Construction of a mountain airport has landed the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru—a world heritage site—on the World Monument Fund’s “Watch List.” Archaeologists, environmentalists, and social activists worry that greater access to the region will lead to unrestrained tourism, putting ancient sites, traditional ways of living, and fragile environments at risk.