2014 NOAA State of the Climate Highlight Series: Mountain Glaciers

2014 State of the Climate: Mountain Glaciers Author: Michon Scott Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Why glaciers matter Around the globe, glacier melt provides drinking water for hundreds of millions of people and irrigation water for crops. In some areas, glacial meltwater is the only thing that keeps streams running—and plants and animals hydrated—during hot, dry seasons. In addition, dams on glacier-fed rivers are key sources of hydroelectric power in some parts of the world. Meltwater from glaciers contributes to sea level rise. The retreat and disappearance of mountain glaciers worldwide is one of the clearest signs that global climate is…