March 15, 2017

Klippi Glacier Retreat Causes Separation, British Columbia

Klippi Glacier Retreat Causes Separation, British Columbia

Klippi Glacier in Landsat images of 1987 to 2016. Red arrows indicate 1987 terminus, yellow arrows 2016 terminus and purple dots the transient snowline.  The glacier beings at 2600 m sharing a divide with Klinaklini Glacier, flowing northwest from Silverthrone Mountain and terminating at  1040 m in 1987. Klippi Glacier drains into the Machmell River, Owikeno Lake and then River Inlet on the British Columbia Coast. The Machmell River is …

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March 9, 2017

Cavagnoli Glacier, Switzerland Fading Away

Cavagnoli Glacier, Switzerland Fading Away

Google Earth image of Cavagnoli in 2010 and a Sentinel 2 image from Sept. 9  2016.  Ice masses are numbered.  No retained 2016 snowpack, note the lighter colored snow on the upper Basodino Glacier Cavagnoli Glacier (Ghiacciaio dei Cavagnöö) drains south into Lago dei Cavagnoli (Lago dei Cavagnöö), which is impounded by a dam that is 111 meters high.  The glacier like its neighbor Basodino Glacier  is in the Ticino River …

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March 7, 2017

Basodino Glacier, Switzerland Mass Balance Loss & Hydropower

Basodino Glacier, Switzerland Mass Balance Loss & Hydropower

Basodino Glacier in August and September of 2016 illustrating the upward shift of the snowline in the 15 days between the Landsat (left) and Sentinel (right) image. purple dots mark snowline.  Basodino Glacier is a small northeast facing slope glacier in the southern Swiss Alps.  The glacier is in the Ticino River watershed and supplies the Robiei Hydropower system. The glacier is in the same basin as Cavagnoli Glacier, which …

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March 1, 2017

Trinity-Wykeham Glacier Retreat, Causing Separation, Ellesmere Is. Canada

Trinity-Wykeham Glacier Retreat, Causing Separation, Ellesmere Is. Canada

Trinity (T) and Wykeham (W) Glacier in 1999 and 2016 Landsat images.  Red arrow indicates 1999 margin, yellow arrow 2016 margin, yellow dots the actual ice front.  Trinity (T) and Wykeham (W) Glacier flow east from Ellesmere Island into a fjord off of Nares Strait.  Until recently the two have been joined just before the terminus. Millan et al (2017) observed glaciers in the region.  They noted a change  in ice …

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February 27, 2017

A River Runs 40 km Across the Greenland Ice Sheet

A River Runs 40 km Across the Greenland Ice Sheet

Supraglacial stream, on July 26, 2016 Landsat image, stretching 40 km across the ice sheet from the transient snowline, which marks the boundary between the percolation zone and the wet snow zone,  west toward the ice sheet margin, note black arrows.   The Greenland Ice Sheet has experienced a significant increase in surface melt.  This is due both to warmer temperatures and enhanced melt due to a reduction in reflectivity-albedo. The expansion …

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February 24, 2017

Shoup Glacier, Alaska Retreat, Thinning, Velocity Decline

Shoup Glacier, Alaska Retreat, Thinning, Velocity Decline

Shoup Glacier comparison in 1986 and 2016 Landsat images.  The glacier retreated 1900 m in this interval.  Red arrow is 1986 terminus, yellow arrow the 2016 terminus, green arrow rock rib emerging from beneath glacier, purple dots a landslide deposit, and purple arrow the snowline. Shoup Glacier is between the Columbia Glacier and Valdez draining from the Chugach Mountains in southern Alaska.  The glacier was a tidewater terminating glacier until …

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February 21, 2017

Sulmeneva Glacier Retreat from Lakes, Novaya Zemlya

Sulmeneva Glacier Retreat from Lakes, Novaya Zemlya

Sulmeneva Glacier retreat in comparison of 1999 and 2016 Landsat images. Red arrow indicate the 1999 terminus position and yellow arrows 2016 terminus location.  Sulmeneva Bay is on the west coast of Novaya Zemlya and is the southern most extent of the continuous glaciation that extends along the northern half of the island.  Here we examine an unnamed glaciers that terminates in a piedmont lobe near the shore of Sulmeneva Bay. The …

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February 17, 2017

State of Alpine Glaciers in 2016-Negative for 37th Consecutive Year

State of Alpine Glaciers in 2016-Negative for 37th Consecutive Year

Figure 1. Global Alpine glacier annual mass balance record of reference glaciers submitted to the World Glacier Monitoring Service. Each year I write the section of the BAMS State of the Climate on Alpine Glaciers.  What follows is the initial draft of that with a couple of added images and an added paragraph. The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) record of mass balance and terminus behavior (WGMS, 2015) provides a …

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February 10, 2017

Cook Ice Cap Outlet Glacier Retreat Lake Fromation, Kerguelen 2001-17

Cook Ice Cap Outlet Glacier Retreat Lake Fromation, Kerguelen 2001-17

  Comparison of eastern outlet glaciers of the Cook Ice Cap in 2001 and 2017 Landsat images.  Red arrow indicates a location of tributary separation. Pink arrow the 2017 terminus location of the northernmost glacier. Orange arrow the 2017 terminus location of the middle glacier.  Yellow arrow tip the 2001 terminus position of glacier ending in newly formed lake.  Green arrow the southernmost glacier 2017 terminus location.  On the east side …

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February 8, 2017

Lumding Glacier Rapid Retreat, Nepal 1992-2016

Lumding Glacier Rapid Retreat, Nepal 1992-2016

Landsat comparison of Lumding Glacier terminating in Lumding Tsho. Red arrow on each Landsat image indicates 1992 terminus and yellow arrow 2016 terminus location. Lumding Glacier, Nepal terminates in Lumding Tsho, a proglacial lake, in Dudh Khosi Valley in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. This lake poses a hazard for a glacier lake outburst flood in the Dudh Khosi valley. The lake expansion results from retreat of the Lumding Glacier. International …

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