Resources and Links - Glaciers, Climate, and Society
Glaciers, Climate, and Society

Resources and Links - Glaciers, Hazards, Society

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Research and Links

Tobias Bolch

Senior Researcher, Physical Geography Division, Department of Geography, University of Zurich Glaciers and Periglacial Environment of High Mountain Areas, Climate Change in High Mountain Areas and its Impacts, Glacier Hazards. Regional focus: Western Canadian Mountains, Asian Mountains (esp. Tien Shan, Tibetan Plateau, Himalaya), South American Andes (esp. Mountains of the Atacama), European Alps.

Julie Brugger

Post Doc, University of Arizona Works on The Climate Assessement for the Southwest (CLIMAS). The CLIMAS program mission is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.

Chris Burn

Carleton University, Canada Studies long-term field investigations of frozen ground. His research is focused on the relations between climate and permafrost. He has been particularly interested in determining the response of ground temperatures and the active layer to climate warming as observed in the western Arctic since 1970.

Jeffrey Bury

Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz Research focuses on the transformation of natural and social environments in Latin America by the forces of globalization, neoliberalism, and geopolitical change. His website features information on his publications, teaching, service, and current research projects.

Professor, Dept. of Geology at Brock University

Studies social implications of natural disasters. See his papers on culture and risk in Pakistan.

J. Gabriel Campbell

Senior Fellow, The Mountain Institute

Served seven years as ICIMOD's Director General. Specialties include disaster management, mountain cultures, and rural development. Currently serves as a senior fellow for The Mountain Institute.

Mark Carey

Associate Professor, Univ. of Oregon's Clark Honors College

Research focuses on the social implications of glacier retreat and GLOFs.  His 2010 book In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society closely examines the impact of climate change on the people of the Peruvian Andes.

Sergey Chernomorets

Senior Scientist, Laboratory of Snow Avalanches and Debris Flows at Moscow State University Research focuses on avalanche and debris flow hazards. Serves as Scientific Secretary of the Debris Flow Association and helped organize the 2008 International Conference on Debris Flows: Disasters, Risk, Forecast, and Protection. He is also a Project Director for the NATO-sponsored Prediction of Glacial Hazards and Disasters in the Central Caucasus, Russia project.

John Clague

Research Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University Studies Quaternary and environmental earth sciences, including natural hazards. Also heads the Quaternary Geoscience Research Group at Simon Fraser University. Clague's website features information on his impact, service, education, research interests, and publications.

Garry Clarke

Professor Emeritus, Univ. of British Columbia

Research focuses on the physics of glaciers and ice sheets. Serves as the head of UBC's glaciology group, which uses its website to share research, publications, theses, and photos.

Julie Cruikshank

Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Research focuses on practical and theoretical developments in oral tradition studies, specifically how competing forms of knowledge become enmeshed in struggles for legitimacy. She is the author of Do Glaciers Listen?, an exploration of the conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and cultural histories are objectively entangled in the Mount Saint Elias ranges.

Julie Dekens

Institutional Specialist, ICIMOD

Researches sustainability, resilience to disaster, and the human dimensions of natural hazards. Co-authored a paper for the jounral Natural Hazards on natural hazards and socio-ecological resilience.

Georgina Drew

Post-Doctoral Fellow, India China Institute at The New School

Post-Doctoral research focuses on an initiative on Everday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya. Previous research explored the cultural and religious dimensions of environmental conflict along the upper stretch of the Ganges River in India.

Kate Dunbar

Departement of Anthropology, University of Georgia

Researches the effect of global climate change on the continuity of water resources for the densly populated desert coast and arid highlands of Peru. Proposed research for her dissertation examines how increasing environmental variability combined with changing patterns of and attitudes towards water use, and the political history of water management in the Andes contribute to perceptions of environmental change and strategies for future management.

Adam Emmer

Geomorphologist at Charles University in Prague

Part of the Department of Physical Geography Geoecology, his research involves outburst floods and other glacial hazards.

Mats Eriksson

Programme Director for Water and Climate Change, Swiss International Water Institute (SIWI)

Currently works on assessments of need for adaptation to climate change and for early-warning systems. Previously worked in Nepal as ICIMOD's Programme Director and Chief Scientist for Integrated Water and Hazard Management. Co-authored a report on the impact of climate change in the Himalayas.

Steve G. Evans

Professor of Geological Engineering, Univ. of Waterloo

Research focuses on landslides and related processes. Also studies the formation and failure of moraine-dammed lakes. See his research website for great resources on landslides.

Andrew G. Fountain

Professor of Geography and Geology, Portland State University

Researches water, glaciers, and the variation of glaciers with climate. See his website for information on his research, publications, and teaching.

Martin Funk

Head of the Section of Glaciology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Researches glaciological processes as they relate to natural hazards and risk management. See his website for information on his projects, teaching, and publications.

Wilfried Haeberli

Professor, University of Zurich

Researches environmental glaciology and geomorphodynamics of high-mountain areas. Lists natural hazards and climate-related glacier and permafrost monitoring among his areas of focus. See his website for his Curriculum Vitae, publications and presentations, and research.

Michael Hambrey

Professor, Aberystwyth University

Researches structural glaciology, Cenozoic glacial history of Antarctica, Quaternary glacial history of Britain and Proterozoic glaciations of the High Arctic. See his website for photos with summary explanations concerning glaciers from all over the world.

Kenneth Hewitt

Professor Emeritus, Geography & Env Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Research on risk and disaster theory, with a particular emphasis on the social geography and human ecology of vulnerability and response to catastrophic risks, especially related to glaciers in the Karakoram Himalaya.

Astrid Hovden

PhD Fellow, University of Oslo

PhD Astrid Hovden's geographic focus is on Nepal and Tibet including the Himalayas. While her research covers diverese topics including a publication on glacial lake flooding.

Christian Huggel

Professor, University of Zurich

Research experience includes glacial hazards, mass movement modeling, and hazard prevention/mitigation. Maintains a website on glacier hazards with Wilfried Haeberli and Andreas Kää. See his personal website for projects, publications, and teaching information.

Pablo Iribarren

Victoria University of Wellington

Pablo Iribarren's is a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. His research includes Glacial lake outburst floods in the extratropical Andes, as well as other Glacial Hazards in Chile.

Jack D. Ives

Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University

Research interests include geoecology, catastrophic events, and development. Spent 22 years leading research for the UN Project on Mountain Ecology and Sustainable Development. His extensive bibliography includes a 2010 report on Himalayan glacial lakes and GLOF risk assessment.

Christine Jurt

Research Associate, University of Zurich

Researches perceptions of natural hazards in the context of economic, social, cultural and political risks, risk perceptions in the context of climate change, risk discourses and their role for risk management, responses to changes of glaciers and glacial hazards, scientific and local knowledge.

Andreas Kääb

Professor, University of Oslo

Researches natural hazards in cold regions. Specializes in remote sensing and geoinformatics. See his website for information on Kääb's projects, publications, and teaching.

Jeffrey S. Kargel

Adjunct Professor and Senior Assoc. Research Scientist
The University of Arizona · Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

Among other research interests Jeffrey Kargel works on Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. GLIMS is a project designed to monitor the world's glaciers primarily using data from optical satellite instruments.

Georg Kaser

Professor for Climate and Cryospheric Research, Head of the Research Centre for Climate and Cryosphere, University of Innsbruck

Researches mass and energy balances on glaciers, fluctuations of climate and glaciers, alpine hydrology, and glaciology, climatology and hydrology in tropical mountain regions. His page includes a link to a list of publications.

Michael Krautblatter

Associate Professor, Technical University München, Germany

Michael Krautblatter has been conducting research into natural hazards, landslides and permafrost systems since 2004. His main research areas focus on the non-invasive quantification and monitoring of permafrost in unstable rock and soil slopes, the quantification of magnitude, frequency and interconnectivity of landslides and the anticipation of landslides based on thresholds, mechanical models and an understanding of the systems involved. His page includes a link to a list of his publications.

Diethard Leber

Research Assistant Professor, Vienna University

Specializes in GIS & Remote Sensing. Serves as Deputy Chief of the working group for Applied Geology, GIS & Remote Sensing at Vienna University's Institute of Geology.

Martin Lüthi

Glaciology Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich Studies glacier and ice stream dynamics, the relationship between glaciers and climate, the behavior of high-altitude glaciers, and the hazard assessment of hanging glaciers. His website features information on his research, publications, teaching, and software.

Bryan Mark

Assistant Professor of Geography, Ohio State University

Researcher, Byrd Polar Research Center

Studies climate change, glaciers, and water resources, including fieldwork in Peru. Leads OSU's Glacier Environmental Change Group. See the group's website for their research, publications, videos, and presentations.

Jeff McKenzie

Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University Works with Professor Mark Carey and others on glacier research in the Andes. His website includes a biography, publications, and course information.

Daene C. McKinney

Associate Chairman, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Univ. of Texas- Austin

Research experience includes water resourse systems analysis, groundwater hydrology, numerical modeling, and GIS. Working through the Center for Research in Water Resources, McKinney has led research efforts in Peru, Aral, el Rio Grande, and Romania.

Pradeep Mool

Remote Sensing Specialist, ICIMOD

Research experience includes over 25 years studying glacial lake outburst floods. In this article, he talks to Circle of Blue about the GLOF threat in the Himalayas.

Ben Orlove

Professor and Assoicate Director of Master's Program in Climate and Society, Columbia University

Associated with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Orlove's work focuses on Climate change and glacier retreat, with an emphasis on water, natural hazards and the loss of iconic landscapes. His research has taken him to the Peruvian Andes, East Africa, the Italian Alps, and Aboriginal Australia.

Duncan Quincey

Lecturer in Geomorphology, Leeds University

Specializes in remote sensing and other technical aspects of glaciology. See his website for his cirriculum vitae, publications, and teaching information.

Piyoosh Rautela

Executive Director, Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre

Specializes in policy planning, risk assessment, remote sensing, and GIS. Published the book Water Resources in the Himalayas: Harvesting, Tradition and Change in 2000.

John Reynolds

Managing Director, Reynolds Internatonal Ltd.

Research and professional experience includes glacial hazard assessment and remediation. Authored a textbook on applied and environmental geophysics. Manages Reynolds International Ltd., a geophysical and geological consultancy.

Dan Shugar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Victoria Research focuses on glacier-dammed lakes in North America. See Shugar's website for information on his completed projects and publications, as well as his photography site.

Sergey Sokratov

Senor Researcher, Laboratory of Snow Avalanches and Debris Flows, Moscow State University Sergey Sokratov work focuses on snow science and technology.

Lonnie G. Thompson

Professor, Ohio State University Researches climate change and glacier retreat in polar, tropical, and subtropical ice fields. Thompson also helps lead the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group whose website features information on its publications, research projects, and data.

Fiona Tweed

Professor of Geography and Environment, Staffordshire University Studies the formation, evolution, and drainage of ice-dammed lakes, the impacts of GLOFs, and the hydrology of glaciers and ice sheets. Her website features her research, selected publications, and memberships of organizations.

Christian Vincent

Research Engineer, Laboratory of Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics Studies glaciers and glacier hazards in the European Alps. Also the French correspondent to the World Glacier Monitoring Service.

Joseph Walder

Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey Research focuses on glacier and volcano hazards in the Pacific Northwest. See his list of online publications to read more.

Teiji Watanabe

Professor, Hokkaido University Studies mountain geoecology and sustainable use of protected mountain areas. His website features works on glaciers and climate change.

Kenneth Young

Professor, Geography Dept., University of Texas at Austin Researches biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Andes and the western Amazon. His website features selected publications, contact info., and courses.

Jochen Zschau

Head of the Earthquake Risk and Early Warning Section, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences Research interests include process understanding of volcanoes and earthquakes. Possesses vast experience in disaster management and risk reduction. His website includes information on projects, awards, and selected publications.

Group Name and University

Research and Links

The ACQWA Project, University of Geneva

The group researches the impacts of climate change on the quantity and quality of water originating from montain regions. Its website features announcements, press releases, links, and project information.

Bristol Glaciology Centre, Bristol University

The centre specializes in studying ice sheet processes and subglacial environments. Its website features the group's publications, as well as information on its LOWTEX research facility.

Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC), Ohio State University

The BPRC consists of ten research groups, including the Glacier Environmental Change Group (see below). The center's website features news, a directory, and educational resources.

Cantania Glaciology Group, University of Texas at Austin

This glaciology group is focused on understanding ice sheet/glacier changes that arise from both natural and forced variability. This website contains a link to the glaciology groups research and publications.

Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin

The center serves as a hub for research, education, planning, and practical design related to water resources and issues. Its website features great online publications, print publications, and information on a water resources consortium.

Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University

The centre's research focuses on glacier dynamics, palaeoglaciology and applied glaciology. Its website features information on research and staff.

Centre for Natural Hazard Research (CNHR), Simon Fraser University

Led by Director John Clague, the CHNR conducts research on geophysical processes that threaten Canada's population and economic infrastructure. The centre's website includes a members listing, publications, photos, links, workshop information, its newsletter, and more.

Dept. of Geosciences, University of Oslo

The department's research covers many climate issues and themes, including the cryosphere, remote sensing, and geohazards. The department also participates in the GlobGlacier Project, an effort to monitor glaciers and ice caps from space.

Glacial Hazards in Chile (collaboration)

A collaboration between Aberystwyth University (UK), Austral University of Chile, Exeter University (UK), Reynolds International Ltd (UK) and the University of Magallanes (Chile), this research project aims to assess the current status of glacial hazards in Chile. The website includes an outline of the project, links and publications, and fieldwork updates.

GlacierHub, Columbia University

Led by Ben Orlove, the group provides information information about current scientific research. Their focus is on the stories of people who live near glaciers or who visit them. This site features a diverse selection of posts on glaciers' effect on climate and society.

Glacier Environmental Change Group, Ohio State University

Led by Dr. Bryan Mark, the group researches the physical and human dimensions of environmental change in glacierized locations. Their focus is on tropical glaciers and mountain environments. The group's website features links to research, publications, videos, and presentations.

Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains (GAPHAZ), University of Oslo

Chaired by Andreas Kääb, GAPHAZ is a working group that focuses on issues of glacier- and permafrost-related hazards. The group's website includes information on their issues, goals, activities, and collaboration.

Glacier Research, Portland State University

The group's research focuses on glaciers in the American West and in Antarctica. One of its completed projects studied the outburst flood of a glacier-dammed lake in Alaska. The group's website features research, theses, and links.

Glaciers Group, Geophysical Institue, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Trent University

This groups research consists of a wide ranging list of topics, including: olume change studies using e.g. repeat-profile airborne laser altimetry, the dynamics of lake and tidewater calving glaciers, ice sheet modeling, and glacier seismicity. Methods encompass modeling, remote sensing and field observations. Current field sites include Greenland, Antarctica and various sites in Alaska.

Glaciology Dept., Trent University

The department's research is highlighted by its mass balance measurement program on Axel Heiburg Island. Its website also highlights research in Greenland and on a global scale.

3G - Glaciology, Geomorphodynamics, and Geochronology Unit, University of Zurich

The unit studies glaciers, permafrost, geochronology, and natural hazards, with a geographic scope ranging from Switzerland to Wyoming to the Andes. Its website features information on research, publications, and events.

Glaciology Group, Swansea University

This groups research aims to contribute to 1) quantification of the past and future contribution from glaciers and ice sheets to sea-level rise 2) Understanding the processes driving the present rapid and dramatic changes observed in glaciers, and the instabilities inherent in glacial systems; 3)Understanding the record of palaeo-ice mass instabilities and the processes that drove these changes.

Glaciology Group, University of British Columbia

The group's research focuses on subglacial physical processes and development of cryodynamic models. Its website features research, publications, theses, and photos. You can also find information on the Western Canadian Cryosheric Network, a team that researches the recent history and immediate future of the Western Canadian Cordillera.

Glaciology Group, University of Washington

The Glaciology group at the University of Washington conducts research on important components of ice in the environment. These components consist of: seasonal snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and frozen ground. The groups website contains descriptions and links to its projects.

Glaciorisk (collaboration)

Glaciorisk is a collaborative effort between 11 institutes from 6 European countries to identify, survey, and prevent catastrophic events that may occur as the result of glacial hazards. The group's website features photos from the project.

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder

The Glaciology Group is composed of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students who are actively involved with research on glaciers, ice sheets, sea level and snow cover. Research interests include ice-flow dynamics and calving, sub-glacial and englacial hydrology, sea level change as controlled by the earth's small glaciers, climate change and glacier mass balance, and heat exchange within snow packs. The groups website contains a link to its publications.

Juneau Icefield Research Program, University of Alaska and University of Idaho

Dating back to 1946, the program brings together 70-100 students, professors, and research scientists every summer to study the Juneau Icefield. The program's website features information on its accomplishments, history, publications, and more.

Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Glaciology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The department is home to the institute's glaciology division, which engages in research, consulting, and glacier monitoring. The division's website features information on its research projects, publications, and teaching resources.

Polar Science Center, University of Washington

The Polar Science Center is a group of dedicated investigators conducting interdisciplinary research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system. Research topics consist of atmospheric science, biological research, field programs, ice sheets and glaciers, modeling, oceanography, planetary science, remote sensing, and sea ice.

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

The institute's research groups include a Glaciology and Climate Change Group and a Polar Social Sciences and Humanities Group. The institute's website includes publication information, educational resources, and a directory.

Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (TARN)

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. 

Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck

This institute's research includes a focus on Ice and Climate including Tropical Glaciology and Climate Dynamics that looks at the glacier mass balance of low-latitude glaciers. The team has conducted field work at Kilimanjaro, Rwenzori, the Cordillera Blanca, and Mt. Kenya. Its home page features ongoing and completed projects as well as a list of people and publications.

Waterscapes Interdisciplinary Research Group MC9.1, Heidelberg University

This group is conducting research on Himilayan Glaciers with a focuson the ways in which human perceptions about global environmental change, as well as possible strategies on how to deal with it are shaped.

Whillians Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD), (collaboration)

The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project is an integrative study of ice sheet stability and subglacial geobiology in West Antarctica, funded in 2009 by the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program of National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs, Antarctic Division. There are 13 Principal Investigators (PIs) at eight different US Institutions, with additional US and International collaborators.

Worthington Glacier Project, University of Wyoming and University of Colorado

The project seeks to build understanding of glacial flow dynamics by comparing measurements of glacier motion with numerical models for glacier flow. Its website features multimedia, publications, and great technical information on radio-echo sounding, crevassing, and more.


Research and Links

Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

The division's website features a page on glacial hazards in Alaska. In addition to general information about glaciers in the state, the page includes definitions of glacial calving, glacier flood, and glacier surge.

French Laboratory for Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics

The agency's website (French) includes information on seminars and research, as well as a database of publications.

Geosciences Platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences

The Geosciences Platform leads Switzerland's research in geology, climate, and other geosciences. The group publishes its work in the GeoPanorama Magazine. Its website provides information on the organization's institutional members as well as events, projects, and contacts.

GFZ German Research Centre for Sciences

As Germany's national center for Earth Science research, the GFZ's broad scope includes climate change and glacier hazards. Its PROGRESS project monitors glacier dynamics of the Inylchek glacier in Kyrgyzstan, and its Remote Sensing section observes the flows of glacier and ice sheets.

El Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales (IANIGLA)

The institute's website (Spanish only) provides a wealth of information about the institute, its departments, and its scientists. The Department of Andean Glaciology and Hydroclimatology is responsible for studying glaciers within the Andes of southern South America.

Nepal Dept. of Hydrology and Meteorology

The department includes a Snow and Glacier Hydrology Section, which is responsible for monitoring snow, glacier lakes, and rivers in Nepal's high-mountain regions. Their website includes news, publications, and a staff list.

Prediction of Glacier Hazards and Disasters in the Central Caucasus, Russia

This project, supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, focuses on the analysis of glacial hazards in the Caucasus Mountains of the Russian Federation. In the project they develop and utilise state-of-the-art science and technology in the fields of remote sensing, glaciology, geomorphology, geotechnical engineering, geohazard assessment and risk management.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS operates in all 50 states on issues of climate, hydrology, natural hazards, natural resources and more. Its Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems department studies glaciers, snow, and avalanches in Glacier National Park, and its U.S. Antarctic Resource Center generates and collects collects data, photos, maps, and reports on the Antarctic region.

La Unidad de Glaciología y Recursos Hídricos

As part of Peru's National Water Authority, the Glaciology and Water Resources Unit is responsible for monitoring glaciers and mitigating the risks of natural hazards. The unit is also responsible for updating the National Inventory of Glaciers and Andean Lakes.

Uzbekistan Dept. of Glaciology

The department's website features information on its fields of study, developments, and data archives.

The West Antartic Ice Sheet Initiative

The West Antartic Ice Sheet initiative is a multidisiplinary research program designed to answer two critical, interrelated climate questions: How will the unstable West Antarctic ice sheet affect future sea level? How do rapid global climate changes occur? For information on research topics, view the WAIS illustrated summary.


Information and Links

Alaska Satellite Facility

The ASF specializes in promoting, facilitating, and participating in the advancement of remote sensing data. The ASF's website features information on using its SAR Data Center including a guide on how to get started.

Cryosat 2, European Space Agency

Operated by the European Space Agency, Cryosat 2 is a satellite used to measure changes in the thickness of ice sheets. The website allows visitors to track Cryosat 2, access Cryosat data, and read more about the team's research.

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods Database

The Database of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods has been adopted as a project of the Inernational Programme on Landlides (IPL). These activities fits into the research programme of World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction located at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology. Members of the IPL project team include Adam Emmer, Dr. Jan Klimeš, and Professor Vít Vilímek.

The Glacier Archive, Society for Ecological Research

The archive uses photography to document changes in Alpine glaciers since 1999. The archive's website features photo comparisons, a bibliography, and related links.

Glacier Research: Monitoring Glacier Change

Operated by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab, the Glacier Research website attempts to provide a glimpse into glacier studies for the public and greater scientific communities. The site features real-time data and research on Alaskan glaciers, in addition to links, photos, and contacts.

Global Land Ice Measurments from Space (GLIMS)

GLIMS is an international project to monitor glaciers using optical satellite technology. The project's website includes data access, GLIMS-related publications and presentations, and a directory of collaborators.

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Also known as the World Data Center for Glaciology at Boulder, the NSIDC is a center for information, data, and research on cryospheric issues. The center's website features project information, research, publications, and data.

Operation Glaciers

The website (French) provides a photographic archive that documents changes in the Swiss Alps' glaciers during the 20th century.

Naturgefahren Gletscher database

Provides an inventory of dangerous glaciers in the Swiss Alps. The website is in German.

World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

The centre's website features a searchable database of over 40,000 snow- and ice-related publications worldwide. The centre is one of three World Data Centres for Glaciology organized within the International Council of Science.

World Data System for Cold and Arid Regions (CARD), Lanzhou

The former World data Center for Glaciology and Geocryology, Lanzhou has been combined with other data centers hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutes to create the World Data System for Cold and Arid Regions (CARD). The center's website features an extensive collection of data sets surrounding topics such as remote sensing, snow, and frozen soil. The database collection includes an inventory of Chinese glaciers.

World Glacier Monitoring Service

The service compiles and disseminates data on glacier fluctuations worldwide. Its website features data, literature, and links.


Research and Links

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

An international organization of students, researchers, educators, and others with an interest in the cryospheric sciences. Its website features news, career opportunities, events, research, and more.

Cryosphere Research Focus Group

A subdivision of the American Geophysical Union, the group leads the AGU's study of ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, freshwater ice, snow, and permafrost. The group's website features select publications from the group in addition to information on the Nye Lecture Series. The group's publications can be found in the AGU and Space Index section of Wiley Online Library

Debris Flow Association

The association's professional community of experts in debris flows focuses on issues of hazard prevention and mitigation, education, and research, especially in Russia. Its website features contacts, goals, documents (in Russian), and conference information (in Russian).

European Union HighNoon Project

The HighNoon project assesses the impacts of Himalayan glacier retreat and changes in the Indian summer monsoon. The project's website features research, case studies, work packages, publications, photo galleries, and links.

Glacial Hazards in Chile (collaboration)

A collaboration between Aberystwyth University (UK), Austral University of Chile, Exeter University (UK), Reynolds International Ltd (UK) and the University of Magallanes (Chile), this research project aims to assess the current status of glacial hazards in Chile. The website includes an outline of the project, links and publications, and fieldwork updates.

The website's aim is to provide a portal for all-things glacier. It features a photo scrapbook, a blog, useful links, and project information. Its Plain-English Summaries project aims to provide concise versions of peer-reviewed work that are accurate, comprehensible, and accessible to the general public.

Flathead Avalanche Center

Based in Northwest Montana, the center helps educate visitors about the region's avalanche dangers. The center's website features advisories, incident reports, weather stations, educational resources, and more.

International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS)

Within the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, the IACS helps encourage research, education, public outreach, data collection, and discussion on issues related to the earth's cryosphere. Its website features publications, documents, event information, and links for further study.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, ICIMOD servas as as knowledge development and learning center for countries of the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. The centre's aim is to help mountain people in the region understand and adapt to globalization and climate change. Its website features great resources for understanding climate change issues in the Himalayas, including publications, news, and a Mountain GeoPortal.

International Glaciological Society

Since 1936, the IGS has provided a resourse for individuals interested in the practical and scientific aspects of snow and ice. The IGS publishes the Journal of Glaciology, the Annals of Glaciology, and the news bulletin Ice. In addition to these publications, the website also features information on IGS-sponsored symposia and workshops.

Planet Action

Planet Action is a non-profit initiative that aims to use Earth imagery and GIS technology to understand and combat global climate change. Planet Action participates in hudreds of projects around the world, including a GLOF-monitoring project in Chile.

SAARC Disaster Management Centre

The centre serves Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka by providing advice and services for disaster risk reduction and management. The centre's website provides information on avalanches and GLOFs in the region.

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP publishes the Global Outlook for Ice and Snow, a report on the state of knowledge of polar ice and snow written by over 70 scientists from across the world. The program also helped to develop a GLOF monitoring and early-warning system for the Hindu Kush Himalayas.

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP works on GLOF risk reduction in Bhutan, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. The organization also co-prouduced a documentary film on melting glaciers in the Himalayas.

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

The WCRP's Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project studies climate change issues as they relate to the cryosphere.

World Wildlife Fund

The WWF is a catch-all conservation organization that seeks to solutions to environmental issues around the world. The WWF provides information on glacial retreat and its impact on societies in the Andes and the Himalayas.


Information and Links

'From a Glaciers Perspective' Global Inventory

Provides accessible information and data on 121 different glaciers around the world, many with hydropower implications.

Geohazards Blog

Provides links to mainstream news stories on geohazards from 2005 to 2011.

The website's aim is to provide a portal for all-things glacier. It features a photo scrapbook, a blog, useful links, and project information. Its Plain-English Summaries project aims to provide concise versions of peer-reviewed work that are accurate, comprehensible, and accessible to the general public.

Glaciers and Hydropower Data

Presents research and data from 2011 on glacier discharge and streamflow changes as they relate to the production of hydropower.

Glaciers in Tibet: Fact Sheet

Provides a detailed overview of issues surrounding glaciers and avalanches in Tibet.

Glaciers Online

Uses stunning photography to tell the stories of glaciers, glacier hazards, glacial fluctuation, and much more.

NOVA 'Glacier Hazards from Space'

Shows how satellite imagery can be used as a tool to assess glacier hazards. Great educational resource.

UNEP 'Glaciers and Ice Caps' PDF

Great overview of research relating to glaciers and ice caps. Provides information on glacier hazards, glacier retreat, water availability issues, and much more.

USGS Glaciers and Glacier Hazards Glossary

Provides brief descriptions of glaciers, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), and subglacial volcanic eruptions, with a focus on examples in the United States.