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Evidence from the archives of societies: historical sources in glaciology


Nussbaumer, Samuel U; Zumbühl, Heinz J (2018). Evidence from the archives of societies: historical sources in glaciology. In: White, Sam; Pfister, Christian; Mauelshagen, Franz. The Palgrave Handbook of Climate History. London: Springer, 93-97.

Abstract

Glaciers have been recognized as key indicators of climate change. To assess the current decline in glaciers worldwide, their changes must be compared with natural glacier fluctuations since the end of the last ice age. To reconstruct glacier changes over recent centuries, historical methods have proven especially valuable. Pictorial and cartographical documents as well as written accounts can provide a detailed picture of glacier fluctuations, in particular frontal length changes.

Abstract

Glaciers have been recognized as key indicators of climate change. To assess the current decline in glaciers worldwide, their changes must be compared with natural glacier fluctuations since the end of the last ice age. To reconstruct glacier changes over recent centuries, historical methods have proven especially valuable. Pictorial and cartographical documents as well as written accounts can provide a detailed picture of glacier fluctuations, in particular frontal length changes.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:1 January 2018
Deposited On:30 Jan 2019 15:55
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 19:57
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-1-137-43019-9
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-43020-5_8

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