Last remaining glaciers in the Pacific will soon melt away

December 12, 2019
Researchers in winter gear are delivered supplies on snow via helicopter

The last remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes will disappear in the next decade – and possibly sooner – due to climate change, a new study has found.

The glaciers in Papua, Indonesia, are “the canaries in the coal mine” for other mountaintop glaciers around the world, said Lonnie Thompson, one of the senior authors of the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "These will be the first to disappear; the others will certainly follow,” said Thompson, distinguished university professor in the School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. The lead author of this paper, Donaldi Permana, is a graduate student at Ohio State and a native of Indonesia.

Watch a video about the glacier and read more about the glaciers and their melt at Ohio State News.