Swiss Glaciers Face Possible Extreme Summer Melting Period

GLETSCH, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 23: The shuttered Hotel Belvedere stands next to a moraine that shows where the Rhone glacier once descended on June 23, 2022 near Gletsch, Switzerland. When first built in the 1800s the hotel overlooked the spectacular glacier as it stretched down in a long tongue into the valley below. Since then the glacier has retreated so far that it is now barely visible from the former hotel. This summer is likely to be especially brutal for Switzerland’s glaciers. Normally in mid-June the glaciers would still be covered in snow that protects them from the sun, though because very little snow fell this year, the glaciers are already exposed and melting rapidly under conditions that are more typical for late July or August. Matthias Huss, a glaciologist with ETH Zurich university and head of the Swiss glacier monitoring network, and his colleagues are studying approximately 20 glaciers, including the Rhone glacier, across Switzerland to observe the effects of global warming. All of the glaciers are melting, and he predicts that if we do not meet global climate goals Switzerland’s glaciers will be mostly gone by 2100. The Rhone glacier has lost an average of five meters per year in vertical thickness over the last ten years. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
GLETSCH, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 23: The shuttered Hotel Belvedere stands next to a moraine that shows where the Rhone glacier once descended on June 23, 2022 near Gletsch, Switzerland. When first built in the 1800s the hotel overlooked the spectacular glacier as it stretched down in a long tongue into the valley below. Since then the glacier has retreated so far that it is now barely visible from the former hotel. This summer is likely to be especially brutal for Switzerland’s glaciers. Normally in mid-June the glaciers would still be covered in snow that protects them from the sun, though because very little snow fell this year, the glaciers are already exposed and melting rapidly under conditions that are more typical for late July or August. Matthias Huss, a glaciologist with ETH Zurich university and head of the Swiss glacier monitoring network, and his colleagues are studying approximately 20 glaciers, including the Rhone glacier, across Switzerland to observe the effects of global warming. All of the glaciers are melting, and he predicts that if we do not meet global climate goals Switzerland’s glaciers will be mostly gone by 2100. The Rhone glacier has lost an average of five meters per year in vertical thickness over the last ten years. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Swiss Glaciers Face Possible Extreme Summer Melting Period
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2022年06月23日(木)
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