A bird's eye view of New Zealand's changing glaciers

Forty years of continuous end-of-summer snowline monitoring of New Zealand's glaciers brings the issue of human-induced climate change into tight focus.

Professor Andrew Mackintosh, ARC Director and Dr Brian Anderson, ARC Senior Research Fellow with Dr Andrew Lorrey, Principal Scientist & Programme Leader of Climate Observations and Processes at NIWA talk about the Southern Alps glaciers and how they track the changes of the glaciers.

Every March, glacier “watchers” take to the skies to photograph snow and ice clinging to high peaks along the length of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

This flight needs to happen on cloud-free and windless days at the end of summer before new snow paints the glaciers white, obscuring their surface features.

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