Multidisciplinary impacts of glacier decline: shining a light on less conventional consequences of ice loss
Convener: Giovanni BaccoloECSECS | Co-conveners: Caroline Clason, Ewa Poniecka, Edyta Łokas

Models predict that entire mountain ranges will be completely ice-free by the end of the century, with consequent impacts for downstream societies, ecosystems, and environments. The scientific community is driving notable efforts toward the understanding of deglaciation and its manifold consequences; however, attention is not uniformly distributed amongst these consequences. Some, such as the correlation between glacier retreat and global sea level rise, or between glacio-hydrological regimes and water availability, have been a key focus of research efforts for decades, but other less “conventional” impacts of glacier decline often receive considerably less attention both within the cryospheric sciences community and in communication with the wider public. This session will provide a platform to explore these unconventional consequences and impacts related to the global retreat of glaciers. Impacts that have not traditionally been in the spotlight include the release of legacy pollutants stored in glaciers, the loss of glacial biodiversity and ecosystems, the impact on biogeochemical cycles, the socio-cultural effects of landscape change related to glacier retreat, and numerous others. This session welcomes contributions that focus on these non-common knowledge consequences. Multidisciplinary studies connecting different aspects of glacier change, involving disciplines such as environmental sciences, history, ecology, biology, and human geography, are strongly encouraged.