From glacier hazards and disasters in the Andes, cultural perceptions of shrinking glaciers in Iceland, glacier runoff and water supplies in the Himalayas, and the history of ice coring and iceberg monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctica, The Glacier Lab analyzes the human experience with ice and the cryosphere, including the history of glaciology.

With lab members from History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, research projects also cover climate history, natural resource extraction, mountaineering, health and medicine, and global environmental change more broadly. The lab approaches these glacier and other related projects through environmental history, history of science and technology, cultural geography, political ecology, and the environmental humanities.

Explore the pages in this section to discover more about what we are studying, and who is involved in each topic.


Skaftafellsjökull, Iceland. Photo by Andrea Willingham