2100

The Year that ETH Zürich Predicts Only 2 Glaciers left in Switzerland

40

Percentage of built in Additional Glacier Loss if we go to Carbon Zero now

2030

The year science initially predicted that glaciers would melt in Glacier national park USA

60

Percentage glacial loss in the Swiss Alps since 1850

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Dufourspitze, Switzerland (15,203′) in April. While there are glaciers in there, most of the white stuff is seasonal snow. Not exactly the …

Formalizing the Initiative

Gannett Glacier, Wyoming, 2015 As the idea behind the Global Glacier Initiative advances, it has become time to formalize the mission into …

Driestgletscher image

Reflections on the Mission

Driestgletscher, showing that it is substantially melted already. The clock is ticking….. While strategic plans, organization missions, and the like are partially …

An Idea is Born

Konkordiaplatz, Switzerland. The German word “Konkordia” originates with the latin word for harmony, a fitting representation to the mission behind documenting the …

Our Mission

“Get them before they are gone.” Carbon zero and saving some of our remaining glaciers would be ideal. If we miss that goal, its a race against time to document the glaciers before they disappear for good.

How It's Done

There are a lot of options to view glaciers: satellites, ground visits, drones, boats, and helicopters. Why are airplanes from the 1940s and 50s more cost-effective, efficient, and capable? 

Strategic Plan

There are glaciers on every continent except Australia, which means there is a lot of ground to cover if our mission is to be achieved. We have an efficient plan to document a reasonable majority of them in the next two decades.

Where the glacier meets the sky, the land ceases to be earthly, and the earth becomes one with the heavens; no sorrows live there anymore, and therefore joy is not necessary; beauty alone reigns there, beyond all demands.”

Halldór Laxness

Just to lie here in the sun with great white peaks all around me and the biggest glacier in Europe at my feet, to eat from time to time, to sleep a little and dream a great deal- it is a heavenly existence.”

 

George Leigh Mallory

Gallery

A gallery of glaciers from the air. Click on the image for title and description.