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Reflecting their commitment to public education, a partnership between Dr. Jürg Alean of Eglisau, Switzerland and Professor Michael Hambrey of Aberystwyth University, has led to the development of a widely used website about glaciers:  www.glaciers-online.net

The authors have used their extensive photographic collections of glaciers from around the world, taken over a period of 40 years, to display this climatically sensitive environment to best advantage. The evidence from around the world clearly points to increasingly rapid decline of glaciers as global warming accelerates. Here you will find thematic sets, regional collections and an illustrated glossary of glacial phenomena. The regional collections are especially strong for the European Alps, New Zealand, and the High-Arctic (Svalbard and Axel Heiberg Island). Professor Hambrey tells us that, “As time allows, we are building collections for other regions: Antarctica will be next”. Many of these photographs have been used in three books that have been written for the wider public:

Alean, J. 2010. Gletscher der Alpen. Haupt, Berne.

Dowdeswell, J. & Hambrey, M.J. 2002. Islands of the Arctic. Cambridge University Press.

Hambrey, M. J. & Alean, J. 2004. Glaciers. Cambridge University Press.

Although many of the photographs have been taken on official expeditions, properly funded, many others have been taken during private trips. Website development is a spare-time occupation for both the authors, and growth is constrained by limited funds earned from picture sales.

If any organisation or individual is interested in sponsoring “glaciers-online” Michael Hambrey would be pleased to hear from them, in particular Michael has a pressing need for scanning old slides, many now of historical interest.

Contact: mjh@aber.ac.uk.

On Oberaargletscher, Berner Oberland, Switzerland

On Oberaargletscher, Berner Oberland, Switzerland

McMurdo Ice Shelf and Mount Discovery, Antarctica

McMurdo Ice Shelf and Mount Discovery, Antarctica

Michael Hambrey and Jürg Alean above Europe’s longest glacier, the Grosser Aletschgletscher, Switzerland

Michael Hambrey (left) and Jürg Alean (right) above Europe’s longest glacier, the Grosser Aletschgletscher, Switzerland