New research published this week in Nature Geoscience (http://buff.ly/1cdbtXy
) predicts that by 2100, the volume of glacier ice in western Canada will shrink by 70% relative to 2005. According to the paper, few glaciers will remain in the Interior and Rockies regions, but maritime glaciers, in particular those in northwestern British Columbia, will survive in a diminished state. Potential implications include impacts on aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, forestry, alpine tourism and water quality.
NRC’s Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change recommends the development of an Abrupt Change Early Warning System that would predict and possibly mitigate such changes before their societal impacts are severe. Identifying key vulnerabilities can help increase resiliency and avoid large damages from abrupt change in the climate system, and inform decisions on the proper balance between mitigation and adaptation. Read and download the report here: http://buff.ly/1cdbvi0