Glaciers are pertinent features in many mountain ranges around the world. The so called rivers of ice are natural storages of water on land that have an estimated total ice volume of about 170 000 km3. Meltwater from the glaciers provides a relatively steady year to year contribution to many rivers on earth. This seasonal ice ablation that contributes to the rivers is often of vital importance to the people living downstream for their means of agriculture, industry and sanitation. Hence, changes in the glacier melt patterns may have considerable effects on the livelihood of billions of people.
To learn more about glacier dynamics, their response to climate change and their place in the climate system our research team studies the glaciers on small and large scale using various different methods.