Langenferner changes

Members of the Innsbruck Glaciology Group (mainly Stephan Galos, Rainer Prinz and Georg Kaser) monitor the Langenferner, a small valley glacier in the eastern Alps, located at the head of Martell valley, in the Ortles-Cevedale Group in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, northern Italy (46.28° north / 10.60° east). The Ortler Alps were part of the Italian front during World War I. In this area, the Austro-Hungarians and the Italians engaged in a trench war fought at altitudes above 3,000 m, and war relics continue to be found in the area.

Here is how its terminus has changed over the last few years (October 2004 – July 2012):

And here is how part of the ice descending Zufallspitze has changed over the same time period:

With thanks to Stephan Galos for putting together the comparisons.

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Environmental scientist. I am glaciologist specialising in glacier-climate interactions to better understand the climate system. The point of this is to understand how glaciated envionments might change in the future - how the glaciers will respond and what the impact on associated water resources and hazard potential will be.
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