Before Glacier Meltdown: Kyetrak 1921

Photo: David Breashears, 2009
Photo: Sir E.O. Wheeler, 1921

A huge honor to be working with David Breashears and the Asia Society team on this magnificent body of work visualizing the dramatic meltdown of Himalayan glaciers with before-and-after images. Also check out a New York Times column about the project and exhibition showcasing an interactive slider that I created.

Intro Video: On Thinner Ice

These expansive fields of ice on the Tibetan Plateau are frozen reservoirs, feeding into the headwaters of Asia’s major river systems along which many of Asia’s early civilizations arose. Their melting will impact over 2 billion downstream Asian users and the world.

Also worth checking out:

Shanghai under water 2C vs. 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
GIF: Shanghai under water 2C vs. 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
Lower Manhattan under water 2C vs. 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
GIF: Lower Manhattan under water 2C vs. 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
Sydney under water 2C vs 4C temperature rises
GIF: Sydney under water 2C vs 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
London under water 2C vs 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org
GIF: London under water 2C vs 4C temperature rises, via ClimateCentral.org

Tip of hat to amazing work by groups like Climate Central, whose Surging Seas has really stood out with nifty tools (such as Mapping Choices) to look up and look out whether their community is safe from rising seas.

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