Title

The History of Objective Glacial Measurement.

Date

5-31-2018 8:45 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 9:00 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Title

Shaping our world: Glaciers and their impact on Western North America

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Abstract

Glaciers have been around since the dawn of mankind, moving both quickly and slowly. Trying to measure and anticipate how a glacier moves as a response to the surrounding environment has long been a challenge. Despite technological and intellectual setback, over the last century scientists have created and refined many objective forms of measurement to track the movement of glaciers. This presentation compiles a brief history of these forms of tracking glacial movement, as well as some of the drawbacks. This history describes the creation of new forms of measurement and their implementation on glacial bodies across the world. By exploring and critiquing these methodologies, perhaps the future of tracking glacial movement will lead to safer and more responsible interactions with these natural wonders.

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May 31st, 8:45 AM May 31st, 9:00 AM

The History of Objective Glacial Measurement.

WUC Pacific Room

Glaciers have been around since the dawn of mankind, moving both quickly and slowly. Trying to measure and anticipate how a glacier moves as a response to the surrounding environment has long been a challenge. Despite technological and intellectual setback, over the last century scientists have created and refined many objective forms of measurement to track the movement of glaciers. This presentation compiles a brief history of these forms of tracking glacial movement, as well as some of the drawbacks. This history describes the creation of new forms of measurement and their implementation on glacial bodies across the world. By exploring and critiquing these methodologies, perhaps the future of tracking glacial movement will lead to safer and more responsible interactions with these natural wonders.