Zermatt in January 2019

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 🙂

The Matterhorn from Findelen Village
Groundwater in the Findelenbach
Looking towards base camp at Findelen – just visible is the Grande Dixence hut

AGP Publication – Science of The Total Environment

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.

100000 Years of Changing Alpine Glaciation

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,, 2018.