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Written In Ice – Glaciers and Climate Change
January 23, 2018
All talks begin at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Before the talk begins, join us in a set of interactive, hands-on activities and scientific demonstrations related to the evening’s talk.
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Talk: Written In Ice – Glaciers and Climate Change
Speaker: Johannes Koch, Department of Geography
Abstract: Glaciers are sensitive indicators of climate change, and their study reveals important information on past environmental change in alpine regions, which, in turn, may help us predict future effects of climate warming. Alpine environments around the world have changed dramatically over the last century. The most obvious changes have been to glaciers; in many areas glacier cover is less than 60% of what it was 150 years ago. Many glaciers may even vanish within the next several decades if current trends continue. Evidence from around the world shows that glaciers have advanced and retreated repeatedly during the last 10,000 years. However, the large and rapid recession of most glaciers in just over one century is unprecedented. As glaciers recede and, in some cases, disappear, stream flow will decrease, affecting fish populations, water supply, power generation, irrigation and tourism.
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