Climatic Implications of Glacier Fluctuations

  • J. M. Grove
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For over a century glaciers all over the world have been retreating in response to rising temperatures, especially summer temperatures. Retreat has been punctuated by advances at intervals of a few decades which appear to be synchronous in many widely separated mountain regions. Glacier fluctuations and the moraine and other deposits they leave behind them provide opportunities to trace the climatic record well before the instrumental period and thus provide a context for current climatic variability. Small scale climatic variations particularly affect oceanic highland areas, where the growing season depends heavily on summer precipitation. The association between temperature fluctuations in north-western Europe and precipitation fluctuations in southern Europe requires further investigation.


Solar Activity Summer Temperature Maunder Minimum Alpine Glacier Glacier Mass Balance 
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  • J. M. Grove
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  1. 1.Girton CollegeCambridgeUSA

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