Glaciers, Climate, and Society

News and Updates

from the Glacier Editors


The GlacierHub is a site dedicated to expand and deepen the understanding of glaciers. It provides information about current scientific research focused on the challenges brought by glacial retreat. The GlacierHub invites people who live near glaciers or have visited glaciers to share text, images, sound files, etc.

GlacierHub is managed by Ben Orlove with support from the MA Program in Climate and Society at Columbia University.

They can be contacted at:


The Glacier Hazards Bibliography has just been updated and re-organized to help find references and documents on a variety of hazards, in many world regions, and on several themes.

You can search by Hazard Type, which includes glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), avalanches and landslides, and other glacier-related hazards.

There are also many different Themes related to glacier hazards, including physical sciences, social impacts and perceptions, engineering and mitigation, policy and responses, monitoring, and historical information.

It is also easy to find resources by Region, sorting the bibliography into the Alps, Andes, Caucuses, Himalaya, North America, and other world regions.

Send us updates and recommendations to help keep the ever-expanding bibliography up to date.


After working together for several years on a National Science Foundation grant on issues of glacier retreat, changing water supplies, and human resilience to climate change, the researchers recently solidified and advanced their research agenda by forming TARN, the Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (Red de Investigación Transdisciplinaria Andina). TARN was co-founded and is co-directed by—in alphabetical order—the following: Michel Baraer, Jeff Bury, Mark Carey, Adam French, Bryan Mark, Jeff McKenzie, and Kenneth Young.

TARN's mission is to understand the intersecting issues of climate change, glacier retreat, hydrological resources, water use, societal adaptation, and glacial hazards in the Andes, focusing in particular on the Cordillera Blanca and Santa River watershed. The interdisciplinary group has teamed up to bring fresh, innovative perspectives to these processes—generating conclusions that come from rigorous interactions and stimulating cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Members of TARN had a strong presence at the Foro Internacional de Glaciares (International Glacier Forum) in Huaraz, Peru, July 1-4, 2013. Every member played a key role by giving lectures, exhibiting posters, and participating in various planning and organizational meetings directed toward the future of glacier-related research, policies, and climate change adaptation measures. The Foro has posted PDFs of presentations on its website.

Part of the "TARN Trip Peru 2013" was also to teach and mentor students from the various institutions involved. Most of the researchers brought undergraduate students, and there was also a strong showing of Master's and PhD students with the TARN team, too. The lead PIs of the project believe strongly in bringing students into the field, exposing them to all the various types of research conducted, and teaching them how to do hydrological and glaciological research alongside historical archive research and interviews in human geography. As part of the group in Peru for three weeks, students also saw how TARN works across disciplines—the challenges as well as successes and breakthroughs. You can read students' blog posts from the TARN Trip Peru 2013.

The TARN team was active in research in the Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Cañón del Pato, on the coast in the lower Santa River watershed (La Libertad, Trujillo, and the Chavimochic irrigation project), and in Lima for research in Peru's National Library. The group also gave a well-attended public lecture on their research in Trujillo at the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego.

Below are photos from the "TARN Trip Peru 2013":


The Foro Internacional Glaciares (International Glacier Forum) will take place in Huaraz, Peru from July 1-4, 2013. The event theme is "Glaciers: the challenge of research in the service of society in the context of climate change."

Posters, presentations, and working groups featuring national and international research will be divided into 6 groups on (1) climatology, (2) glaciology, (3) glacier hydrology and water resources management, (4) glacial hazards, (5) society and culture, and (6) economy and politics.

The Forum is a rare opportunity for broad integration of fields and interests around glaciers that are too often divided, including the natural and social sciences, researchers and policymakers, Peruvians and foreigners, development NGOs and water users, students and professionals, local residents and outsiders, and many others. 

Forum organizers also plan to produce important documents and publications from the various presentations, posters, roundtables, and working groups during the Forum. So stay tuned for more information following the events of July in Huaraz. 

For more information from the forum website, click the image above.