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Evidence from the Archives of Societies: Historical Sources in Glaciology

  • Samuel U. Nussbaumer
  • Heinz J. Zumbühl
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel U. Nussbaumer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Heinz J. Zumbühl
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Geography, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change ResearchUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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