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Scientific findings from research done my other scientists

Extending the 2-mile time machine*: where is the oldest ice?

*The title of this blog comes from the title of Richard Alleys book on ice cores called ‘The Two-Mile time machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future‘, which is a great read even years after its first publication. … Continue reading

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Mapping supraglacial debris cover

A warming Earth causes the volume of mountain glaciers and their extent to decline globally for decades. At the same time, the cover of many glaciers with debris changes. However, this debris coverage has been rarely recorded so far. A … Continue reading

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IPCC SR1.5

The first product of the 6th (AR6) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  cycle, the Special Report on 1.5°C (SR1.5) above pre-industrial levels, has been approved by the Governments last week and was published on Monday morning. Yes, that means however … Continue reading

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Life on ice and bioalbedo

Birgit Sattler is a biologist here in Innsbruck studying the microbial life of Alpine glaciers with her team in a project called Black Ice. I’m trying to help them out a bit by running our massive freezer room for some … Continue reading

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Visualizing the retreat of Hintereisferner

Hinteresiferner is the best-studied glacier in Austria with one of the longest records of glacier mass balance in the world. There are relatively abundant old maps and the oldest photographs of Hintereisferner date back to 1884, only 30 years after … Continue reading

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What can we say for sure about anthropogenic climate change?

Oh sometimes its so hard to find the right words to talk about climate science clearly. At least I struggle with this quite often, but I like the answer given by Dr Kate Marvel within this interview: Q. What can … Continue reading

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3D models of glaciers from Erik Schytt Holmund

I follow Erik Schytt Holmund (a student at Stockholm University) on sketchfab (a website for storing and viewing 3D surface models) where he posts some awesome ‘Structure from Motion – Multi View Stereo’ (SfM-MVS) surface models of glaciers and other … Continue reading

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Surging and supraglacial debris

Model studies suggest that sudden formation of supraglacial debris cover might cause glaciers to advance, by inhibiting ice melt in the lower reaches and altering the driving stresses if the debris deposit is massive enough (basically the weight of the … Continue reading

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Modelling the future of glaciers in Tirol

My former colleague Ben Marzeion (now at Bremen University) developed a simple way to calculate the changes in glaciers using only air temperature and precipitation as inputs. What is critical to a glacier is how much snowfall it gets per … Continue reading

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Debris covered glaciers as analogues for ice on Mars

Since the launch of Mariner 9 in 1071 we have been getting better and better images and information about Mars, from improved satellite imagery, radar and ground sampling from the amazing Mars rovers. We now know that both water and … Continue reading

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