Les GLACIers, un Observatoire du CLIMat

Project Description
The evolution of glaciers is one of the important indicators selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to locate the variability and climate trends during the last century. Glaciers are now a key climate indicator for the past and for the future.

GLACIOCLIM aims to build a database of glacial weather over the long term in order to:

1) Examine the relationship Climate-Glacier that is to say, understanding the relationships between climatic variations and glacial mass balance (flow analysis of mass and energy between the atmosphere and the glacier).

2) Predicting the future evolution of glaciers in terms of water resources, contribution to the future rise in sea level and other impacts related to the nature of glaciers.

3) Understanding the dynamic response of glaciers (variations in thickness, length, velocity) fluctuations in mass balance study and natural hazards of glacial origin. Mechanisms of glacier flow are still unknown to a large extent.

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