Saying goodbye to glaciers

Twila Moon is pictured during field work to study ice-ocean interaction at the LeConte Glacier, Alaska. Credit: Twila Moon/NSIDC

Glaciers around the world are disappearing before our eyes, and the implications for people are wide-ranging and troubling, Twila Moon, a glacier expert at the University of Colorado Boulder, concludes in a Perspectives piece in the journal Science today.

The melting of glacial ice contributes to sea-level rise, which threatens to “displace millions of people within the lifetime of many of today’s children,” Moon writes. Glaciers also serve up fresh water to communities around the world, are integral to the planet’s weather and climate systems, and they are “unique landscapes for contemplation or exploration.”

And they’re shrinking, fast, writes Moon, who returned to the National Snow and Ice Data Center this month after two years away. Her analysis, “Saying goodbye to glaciers,” is published in the May 12 issue of Science….

Twila Moon. Saying goodbye to glaciers. Science, 2017; 356 (6338): 580 DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9625