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South Tyrol, 2003-2015

South Tyrol, 2003-2015

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, May 12, 2016/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, environment, climate change

Vallelunga & Barbadorso Glaciers, So. Tyrol, 2003 (orange line) 2015 yellow dots (credit: the AGU-Google Earth)

Glaciers in Italy's South Tyrol district that straddles the border between Italy and Austria are loosing their ice mass. Re-photography using satellite imagery in 2015 shows the extent of loss since 2003, less than 15 years.

According to the American Geophysical Union, the two Tyrolian glaciers, Vallelunga and Barbadorso, were measured between 2011-2013 and showed a retreat of more than 250 feet for Vallelunga and nearly 200 feet for Barbadorso respectively within just these years. The two alpine glaciers lie across from the Gespatcherferner, one of the fastest retreating glaciers in Austria. Austrian measurements indicate higher temperatures between the fall and winter and an increase in rainfall during the same period. Decline of glacial masses affects water for valley reservoir supplies and hydropower on both sides of the Alps.



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