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 often reveals interesting glacier changes that get me thinking of the partly common, and partly contrasting glacier responses to their forcing climate.

This blog has led to a book published by Wiley Blackwell called Recent Climate change Impacts on Mountain Glaciers. Mauri describes the book as follows:

The goal of this volume is to tell the story, glacier by glacier, of response to climate change from 1984-2015. Of the 165 glaciers examined in 10 different alpine regions, 162 have retreated significantly. It is evident that the changes are significant, not happening at a “glacial” pace, and are profoundly affecting alpine regions. There is a consistent result that reverberates from mountain range to mountain range, which emphasizes that although regional glacier and climate feedbacks differ, global changes are driving the response. This book considers ten different glaciated regions around the individual glaciers, and offers a different tune to the same chorus of glacier volume loss in the face of climate change.

Dr Pelto also leads the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project which, since 1984 has monitored numerous glaciers in the North Cascades – more than any other monitoring program in North America.

Speaking of North American glaciers I recently found a nice compilation of repeat photographs of glaciers in Glacier National Park, whose name is looking increasingly out-dated. Here is an example image pair from this compilation, the rest of which you can see in the pdf or the webpage.

About lindsey

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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