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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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World Glacier Monitoring Service video

In 2016, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) celebrated its 30 year existence, although some of the data series held by the WGMS extends much further back in time. In 1986, two former ICSI (now IACS: International Association of Cryospheric … Continue reading

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Calving rates and impact on sea level (CRIOS project)

The research project ‘Calving rates and impact on sea level’ (CRIOS) has kept a number of my colleagues in Svalbard and elsewhere busy over recent years. Penny How, a PhD student at Edinburgh University is a bit of a pro-star at … Continue reading

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Report on observed outburst flood in Khumbu

In June 2016, a team of scientists visiting the Khumbu region observed a flood near Chukhung. Rare footage of floodwaters exiting the nearby Lhotse glacier and flowing towards Chukung on 12 June 2016, was recorded by Elisabeth Byers, and now … Continue reading

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Observations of changing mountain glaciers

Dr Mauri Pelto has a great blog called From a Glacier’s Perspective in which twice a week he posts case studies of glacier change observed from freely available satellite data. Its a great tour of the worlds glaciers and an … Continue reading

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Whats a gigatonne?

One challenge in science is framing quantities that we are used to dealing with in a way that people who are not used to dealing with them can understand. For global glaciology the challenge is in explaining mass changes from … Continue reading

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On 11 February it was International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Which is a UN Event apparently. To be honest my usual way of tackling gender imbalance in science is just to try and get on with being … Continue reading

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Khumbu glaciers outreach leaflets

In autumn of last year Scott Watson of the University of Leeds, and www.rockyglaciers.co.uk headed off again into the Khumbu for his PhD research, and he had the great idea to make a couple of  copies of a laminated factsheet … Continue reading

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Lewis Glacier of old

The other week I received a lovely email from Jens Kulbe, in which he included a photograph of the Lewis Glacier on Mt Kenya taken in 1971: Just look at it! Almost into the lake! I have heard legend of people skiing … Continue reading

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POP Greenland

Before you get excited about a music blog, this post is about adventure and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Sometimes people are impressed that I’ve often worked above 4800m in Tanzania, Chile, Peru, Nepal and Kenya, usually hauling heavy loads and doing … Continue reading

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