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As Glacier National Park’s namesake glaciers recede, CCME staff are monitoring many of the park’s glaciers to determine the causes of change, assess their ecological and hydrological effects, and predict future changes and effects. Intensive research to determine the mass balance of Sperry Glacier will determine whether small cirque glaciers like Sperry can serve as reliable indicators of current climate variability. Analysis of aerial photography, repeat photography, and glacier margin surveys document the rapid retreat of these mid-latitude glaciers as increasing temperatures influence mountain ecosystems world wide.

Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems (CCME)

Glacier Monitoring StudiesA systematic approach to monitoring changes in Glacier National Park’s namesake glaciers and to determine the causes of changes, assess their ecological and hydrological effects, and predict future changes and effects.

Glacier RetreatAn overview of CCME's research pertaining to glacial recession in Glacier National Park.

USGS Benchmark Glacier Studies: Sperry Glacier is one of four benchmark glaciers in the USGS Glaciology project. Coordinated mass balance research among these glaciers aims to advance the quantitative understanding of glacier-climate interactions.

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