This Week’s Video of the Week takes us to the surface of New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier, which is enshrouded in smoke and ash from Australia’s bushfires over 1,000 miles away.
The glaciers shrank 40 percent between 1981 and 2015, largely because of human-caused global warming. Audio is available by clicking through.
Roundup: The Glacier Compensation Effect, Amazon Fires Melt Andean Glaciers, and Australia’s Bushfires Accelerate Melt in New Zealand6 January 2020, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, a recent study confirmed the glacier compensation effect, while fires in the Amazon and Australia impact glaciers thousands of miles downwind.
Bushfires in Australia continue to burn. As they do, the fallout is settling as a layer of soot on the surface of glaciers downwind in New Zealand, hastening their demise.
An examination of Landsat and Sentinel imagery from 2001-2019 shows glacier retreat of outlet glaciers on the Cook Ice Cap––and an expanding lakes district.
Roundup: Iceberg-Tsunami Dynamics, Backcountry Avalanche Risk Rises, and Cruikshank Receives Prestigious Award30 December 2019, by Peter Deneen
In this week’s Roundup, read about a study to better understand iceberg-tsunami dynamics, avalanche risk on crowded backcountry slopes, and Julie Cruikshank is recognized by the Polar Knowledge Canada.
Washington State Ferries is working toward converting its three largest and most polluting ferries to electric power.
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.
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.
Roundup: MELTDOWN Visualizing Climate Change, Foodweb Complexity of High Mountain Lakes, and Melting Swiss Glaciers23 December 2019, by Peter Deneen
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.
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.