Photo Friday: Washington State Glaciers

15 January 2016, by

Over winter break from my PhD program in Arizona, I traveled to Washington State to visit my partner’s family and see old friends. While there, the strong El Nino event affecting global weather this year contributed to persistent high pressure in the region– causing unusual clear blue skies for days on end. The rare winter clarity provided unprecedented views of […]

In an Empty Building’s Place: Wilderness and Community

14 January 2016, by

A Swiss NGO, Mountain Wilderness, has developed a solution to a problem found in many alpine regions: the abandoned buildings which result from outmigration of rural families. They designed sustainable, participatory techniques for removing the building materials and applied them to an empty farmhouse in a remote glacier valley as a demonstration project. And once […]

Controversy Over Resort in Jumbo Valley

13 January 2016, by

After two decades, a proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort in the East Kootenays of British Columbia continues to be controversial among local communities. Now, a documentary about the campaign against the resort highlights the problems the resort could pose to the mountainous landscape. When the Jumbo Glacier Resort was originally proposed in the 1990s, it was approved under the […]

Identifying the Peregrine Falcons on Alaska’s Coast

12 January 2016, by

A new study sheds light on the Peregrine Falcons which populated an area in Alaska after retreating glaciers opened it to colonization. Though earlier researchers believed that this new habitat was filled by the subspecies from nearby coastal areas, the researchers found an inland subspecies in this area. Icy Bay, the study site, was entirely […]

Roundup: Drone Launch, Soaring Requests, Glacier Floodwaters

11 January 2016, by

GMA launches drone into a glacier live on air in climate change special “Good Morning America (GMA) anchors rarely venture far from their set in Time Square, but when they do it’s usually for a one-of-a-kind experience.This morning, Amy Robach took the audience on a journey deep into an ice sink hole in the Southeastern […]

Photo Friday: John Singer Sargent’s Glaciers

8 January 2016, by

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses several works by the artist John Singer Sargent. Born in Florence in January 1856 to an American couple, Sargent is known for his landscapes and his portraits. Growing up, the artist traveled extensively around Europe. Several of the drawings below come from a sketchbook Sargent had at age 14 […]

Even You Can Contribute to Glacier Research

7 January 2016, by

A new method proposed by Gloria Bordogna and her team allows for researchers to rely on volunteers for data collection.

Researchers Question Glacier Study

6 January 2016, by

This article has been republished on GlacierHub and was originally posted on the personal blog of Joseph Michael Shea. Shea is a glacier hydrologist with the International Center for Integrated Mountain (ICIMOD) and is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Follow him on Twitter here.  A paper published last year in the Indian journal Current Science […]

If You Can’t Handle the Heat – Retreat

5 January 2016, by

Zachariæ Isstrøm, a large glacier in the northeast coast of Greenland, is in a state of accelerated retreat after it detached from an important sill. This shift has caused great instability for the glacier, according to a new study from Science Magazine. Recognizing 0.5 meters of possible sea level rise held within Zachariæ, and its acceleration expected to […]

Roundup: South American Glacial Research Efforts

4 January 2016, by

Glacial and Social Model of Chilean Irrigation “The model showed how external influences (globalization, climate, mountains) and complex adaptive systems (water conflicts, institutions and markets) influenced the evolution of irrigation development (the extension and emergence of novel properties) towards constructive (planned irrigation development) and destructive (climate change) futures… The model showed how external influences (globalization, […]

Glaciers Harbor Life Over Millennia

31 December 2015, by

Rock samples collected at the base of glaciers in Canada, Norway, Greenland and Antarctica have helped resolve a longstanding mystery: what were the energy sources that supported life in the distant geological past, when the earth was covered with ice? The microorganisms in subglacial habitats may have taken energy from hydrogen molecules during the harsh […]

Ski Resorts Seek Alternatives

30 December 2015, by

As snow rapidly disappears from high mountains, ski and winter sport resorts are looking for alternatives to keep their struggling businesses alive. The world’s skiing industry is worth $60 to $70 billion, some estimates say. About 44 percent of ski-related travel is in the alps, while 21 percent is in the United States. In just 30 […]