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La Serena is a city approximately the same size as Bergen, but since the city has only a few days of rain each year, the city relies on the melting of snow and ice in the summer to provide water resources. This means that the region is especially vulnerable to changes in future climate.
For my master project I reconstructed the last 11,500 years worth of glacier and climate changes at a glacier complex called Sulitjelmaisen in the subarctic, focusing on the largest glacier called Salajekna.
The University of Zurich is known as one of Europe’s leading universities for conducting researching within physical geography, especially related to glaciology of High Mountain Asia. I’ve been lucky enough to live the last three months in Zurich and work together with some of the researchers here.
Benjamin Aubrey Robson started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography in October. He will continue to research glaciers using remote sensing analyses, but will also focus on rock glaciers, degradation of permafrost, and how changes in the cryosphere are influencing water resources.
In today’s economic and power consuming state, hydropower can be regarded as the most critical and beneficial renewable resource in Norway. The main goal of my project is to visualize past temporal snowlines on the west coast mountain regions in Norway during varying future climate scenarios and to study how this will affect the production of hydropower.
The glaciers of the Himalayan mountains are some of the most undersampled in the world owing to their remoteness, harsh conditions, and in some areas political situations.