I wrote a new post for EGU's Cryosphere blog looking at how warm periods in Earth's history (due to Earth's climate cycles) have impacted the melt of the polar ice sheets and changed sea-level rise. Feel free to check it out below:
Figure showing peak global mean temperature, atmospheric CO2, maximum global mean sea level, and sources of meltwater over the past 3 million years. The light blue area on each bar indicates uncertainty associated with the maximum global mean sea level, and the pie charts denote the fraction (not location) of ice retreat in Greenland and Antarctica [credit: Dutton et al. (2015)]
Recently, I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska to begin a postdoc with Regine Hock at the University of Alaska. Leigh and I will be writing about our experience in Alaska. Check out the new blog page under the "Alaska" tab for our first post about our journey to Fairbanks.
A study that I conducted with Scott Watson (University of Leeds) and Daene McKinney has recently been published in the journal of Remote Sensing. The study assesses the hazard and risk associated with all of the sizable (> 0.1 km2) glacial lakes in Nepal. First, it seeks to determine how susceptible glacial lakes are to avalanches, rockfalls, and upstream floods in addition to assessing how stable the moraine is using a surrogate parameter. These are the most common triggering mechanisms that cause an outburst flood to occur. Then, the areal extent of each flood was also conservatively modeled, and the downstream impacts were quantified. Take a look at the following website:
You may recall from the Imja blog last summer that we witnessed a glacier outburst flood on 12 June 2016 and spent our subsequent days retracing the flood's path and trying to find its source. Well all that hard work paid off today as our research efforts were published in The Cryosphere! Special thanks to our research team: Alton Byers, Elizabeth Byers, Daene McKinney, and all those others who joined us! You can read it for free here:
Or you can simply check out the video. Enjoy!
I contributed my second post for the EGU cryospheric sciences blog via their image of the week regarding work from my trip to Peru's Cordillera Blanca last night. Check it out!
Check out a blog post I wrote for the EGU Crysopheric Sciences division summarizing my work at Imja this past June! Excited to be joining their blogging efforts!
I'll be flying out of Kathmandu tomorrow, so the last blog post has been complete! It's been an incredible trip with a great group of people and I can't wait for the next one. Feel free to check out the old posts if you're interested in what we were doing up there!