Stunning photos of Zermatt this winter, thanks to Martin Mountain Bike. Night time temperatures have been as low as -15 Celsius Degrees. Avid students of Hydrology will thus note the likely groundwater source of the Findelenbach 🙂
Our most recent paper has just been published in Science of The Total Environment. Key highlights include:
- Glacier cover not determiner of temperature in rivers draining glaciated basins.
- Stream surface area best determines water temperature in Swiss glacier-fed rivers.
- Glacier-fed rivers have a unique seasonal temperature regime.
- Glacier cover is a surrogate for stream surface area in glacier-fed river systems.
- Despite increasing flow, some glacier-fed rivers will warm due to climate change.
Using the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM), Seguinot et al (2018) model the entire last glacial cycle (120–0 ka) in the Alps. This paper shows interesting results using climate forcing by two sources: present-day climate data from WorldClim and the ERA-Interim reanalysis; time-dependent temperature offsets from multiple palaeo-climate proxies.
Seguinot, J., Ivy-Ochs, S., Jouvet, G., Huss, M., Funk, M., and Preusser, F.: Modelling last glacial cycle ice dynamics in the Alps, The Cryosphere, 12, 3265-3285, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3265-2018, 2018.
Its a good job that today is the “longest day” – all the AGP kit has finally arrived in Zermatt, and we are busy wiring and calibrating loggers for the @RGS_IBG sponsored 2018 field season. @SalfordGEM students are getting hands on, real world scientific experience.
The AGP is featured on today’s Darland High School geography blog – thanks to Mark Mackie, Geography teacher and importantly – AGP alumnus!