Are US Glacier Counties Complying With Social Distancing?

31 March 2020, by

Social distancing compliance is being measured by mobile phone GPS data. We looked at ten US states and discuss the vulnerability of glacier communities and factors affecting their ability to adapt to social distancing requirements.

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.

Video of the Week: Glacier Communities Grapple with Pandemic Response

25 March 2020, by

This week’s Video of the Week provides three snapshots of glacier community responses to the coronavirus pandemic on three different continents––an empty market in Pakistani Karakoram, a tense hospital discussion in the Ecuadorean Andes, and positive measure by a public health director in an affected Pacific Northwest glacier county.

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.

Roundup: COVID-19 Glacier Regions Update, Some US National Parks Close, Mines in the Peruvian Andes, and 2020 Research Put On Ice

23 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup we updated coverage of glacier regions affected by COVID-19, noted the mutually opposed status of US national parks, highlighted the closure of mines in the Peruvian Andes, and reported on the impact to 2020 cryosphere field research.

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.

Glacier Retreat Drives 400% Lake Expansion Southern Alps, New Zealand 1990-2020

19 March 2020, by

Glaciers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps have been losing ice volume since 1978, with an increasing rate in the last decade, resulting in a 400% expansion in the size of the glacial lakes fed by their meltwater.

Video of the Week: “Return to Natural––Documenting the Tasman Glacier”

18 March 2020, by

On a quest to take a single photograph that represents humans’ relationship with nature, landscape photographer and conservationalist Chris Burkard searches New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier for the right shot––and finds it. But it’s not about the image, its about Burkard’s message.

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.