New Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Science Brief: Changes to Glaciers in Western Canada

Monday, March 21, 2016

PCIC has announce the release of their next Science Brief. PCIC Science Briefs are a regular series of brief reports on recent climate science literature, relevant to stakeholders in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. PCIC has developed these briefs because recognizing the need for a bridge between the cutting edge of climate science research and the various stakeholders who need access to this knowledge, in plain-language reports, filtered for regional relevance, and suitable for consideration in planning and adaptation. The PCIC Science Briefs contextualize and explain the results and implications of important scientific findings.

The new Science Brief covers two recent papers by Beedle et al. (2015) and Clarke et al. (2015) examining changes to glaciers in western Canada. Publishing in the journal The Cryosphere, Beedle et al. use photographic methods to quantify changes to 33 glaciers in the Cariboo Mountains. They find that all of the glaciers receded over the 1952-2005 period, with an average loss in surface area of about 0.19% per year. Clarke et al.’s work is published in Nature Geoscience and uses a regional glaciation model driven by global climate model output to examine possible future changes to glaciers in western Canada. Their projections show a reduction of about 70% in glacier volume by the year 2100 compared to 2005, with the largest losses occurring around 2020 to 2040.

Read this Science Brief.

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