View of Llaca Lake, in Peru, taken from an un-crewed aerial vehicle.
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Glacial lakes around the world are expected to flood downstream areas more often as climate change makes them less stable.
The big wildcard for sea level rise is Antarctica.
If emissions continue at their current pace, Antarctica will cross a threshold into runaway sea rise when today’s kids are raising families. Pulling CO2 out of the air later won’t stop the ice loss.
Glaciers aren’t sterile wastelands – they’re chock-full of microscopic life.
The Greenland Ice Sheet is the world’s second largest body of ice.
New research shows how fibre-optic cables can monitor the hidden structure of glaciers, teaching us about past and future ice flow.
A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.
Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
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In a new study, we found that a third of Antarctica’s ice shelves could collapse at 4°C of global warming.
Creeping avens – a plant native to mountains in Central Asia and Europe.
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Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.
Col de Port, in the French Pyrenees.
We think of mountains as remote and little affected by human activity. Unfortunately, the negative impacts of what we do has important implications for nature, wildlife and human society.
As the jet stream moves northwards, the UK can expect more storms and flooding in the winter.
Ice Age glaciers can help us track the jet stream 12,000 ago, and by comparing its path today we can see how it’s moving northwards, changing weather patterns and indicating climate change.
The Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. The sheer number of seracs gives the impression that the glacier’s surface is covered in dragon scales.
The parable of the dragons underlines the need to apprehend glacier disappearance in a transdisciplinary way, to create a dialogue between the physical, ecological and philosophical sciences.
As Greenland’s glaciers retreat, they are losing ice at a faster and faster rate.
Greenland’s glaciers have retreated so far that they can no longer support the ice sheet that feeds them. The ice sheet system has reached a new normal of consistent annual ice loss.
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Our research found these remote Arctic islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
Ice core analysis can help us better understand historical ‘black swan’ events like pandemics and droughts.
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Ice cores can preserve evidence of ‘black swan’ events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.
For the first time, scientists have been able to quantify how much climate change contributed to glacial melt, using more than 40 years of data from New Zealand’s retreating glaciers.
Debris covered Khumbu glacier in the Everest region of Nepal.
How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.
Auckland’s extreme drought and the rapid retreat of glaciers in the Southern Alps both highlight how important long-term observations are for water management policy and planning.
A glacial depositional feature – an erratic – is a large rock that has been ‘bull-dozed’ and deposited by a moving glacier.
These findings are in stark contrast with the original worldview that suggested the entire globe was at a maximum glaciated state around 20 000 years ago.
Glacier mice were first documented in 1951, but they continue to mystify scientists.
Glacier mice aren’t rodents – they’re mysterious balls of moss that manage to live in one of the world’s harshest environments.
Our study explores the factors which cause glacial erosion.
Lake Jialong in the Central Himalaya is a new lake created by glacial meltwater.
Meltwater lakes forming at the head of glaciers are causing them to shrink faster, which will affect the flow of big rivers that supply millions of people downstream in Asia.