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.

Roundup: Global Glacier Monitoring, Tourism and Public Management in Kenai Fjords, and the Development of an Austrian Glacier

9 December 2019, by

In this week’s roundup read about a new study analyzing strengths and weaknesses of glacier monitoring systems, a study on tourism and public management at Kenai Fjords, and the development of a glacier at an Austrian ski resort.

Photo Friday: Alaska’s Sheridan Glacier––via Operation IceBridge

6 December 2019, by

A stunning image of Sheridan Glacier in southeast Alaska from Operation Ice Bridge, which after a decade of airborne ice observations, has been replaced by a new satellite.

Study Analyzes Strengths and Weaknesses of Glacier Monitoring Systems Around the World

5 December 2019, by

Glacier monitoring programs are essential to the national and global climate policy-making process. A recent study assessed the status of glacier monitoring programs around the world.

Video of the Week: AWS Installation on Yala Glacier

4 December 2019, by

This week’s Video of the Week features a short clip of researchers installing an automatic weather station on Yala Glacier in Nepal.

Large storage potential in future ice-free glacier basins

3 December 2019, by

Glaciologists at ETH Zurich and WSL assessed the global water storage and hydropower potential that could be freed up in future as glaciers melt in response to climate change.

Roundup: New Carbon Sink Discovery, Himalaya GLOFs, and Invasive Plants in Antarctica

2 December 2019, by

In this week’s Roundup read about a new carbon sink discovered––proglacial freshwaters, a National Geographic feature on GLOF risk in the Himalaya, and an invasive plant species has taken root in Antarctica’s glacier forelands.

Photo Friday: Glaciers of the McMurdo Dry Valleys

29 November 2019, by

The McMurdo dry valleys are one of the world’s most extreme deserts. The region is also home to eleven named glaciers. The Suess, Canada, and Commonwealth Glaciers are shared this Photo Friday.