World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)

The Kilian Jornet Foundation wants to focus its first project on the study and investigation of one of the most visible climate change phenomena: the retreat of glaciers.

Studying this retreat is key to developing projects to conserve these ice masses that hold between 60 and 80% of the planet’s fresh water.

To do this, the Kilian Jornet Foundation is partnering with the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) of the University of Zurich, in Switzerland. For more than 125 years, this program has been gathering standardized observations of changes in glaciers, as well as information about their fluctuation.

The funds collected will go to different initiatives promoted by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, from measuring devices and equipment for researchers to education programs for schools, among others.

Today, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) collects standardized observations on changes in mass, volume, area and length of glaciers with time (glacier fluctuations), as well as statistical information on the distribution of perennial surface ice in space (glacier inventories).

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We will buy serveral autonomous measurement stations for monitoring high-resolution glacier ablation that will be used by the WGMS. This stations, known as smart-stakes and developed in France, make possible to study the glacier surface melt processes at a temporal scale never reached before and online monitoring and understanding of the effects global warming on glaciers.

Our goal is to buy 20 units.

Unit price: €10.000