Winter 2014


Ecology & the Environment

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Glaciers and Climate Change

Researchers discover key to glacial change in the Himalayas
Spring 2011

Bodo Bookhagen, Associate Professor of Geography, working with a lidar device that his group uses for detecting changes in the landscape, including on snow fields and glaciers.

Bodo Bookhagen, associate professor of geography at UCSB, co-authored a paper in Nature Geoscience with former graduate student Dirk Scherler that shows how debris coverage affects the advance and retreat of glaciers in the Himalayan Mountains. The research furthers the understanding of a natural resource that provides water to hundreds of millions of people living in South and Central Asia.

Filling In the Blanks on Himalayan Glaciers
(The New York Times ‘Green’) 2/1/11

The Disappearing Glacier: Climate Change and Himalayan Ecology
(PBS ‘Nature’) 2/11

Scientists Find that Debris on Certain Himalayan Glaciers May Prevent Melting
(UCSB Office of Public Affairs) 1/24/11

Debris on Certain Himalayan Glaciers May Prevent Melting
(ScienceDaily) 1/25/11

U.N. Panel’s Glacier Warning Is Criticized as Exaggerated
(The New York Times) 1/18/10

The Glaciers Are Still Melting
(Foreign Policy) 2/11/10