Glacier National Park

2011 Glacier Inventory Report

The results are in. An inventory of all the glaciers in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks was recently completed. The following is an exerpt from the Executive Summary:

Results showed a reduction in glacier cover in the two parks by 19.4 km2 between 2000-2011 or a 12.7% decrease from the calculated 2000 total area (152.71 km2 ), which includes 147 glacier masses. This equates to a reduction in the overall glacier coverage in the parks over the same period from 9.5% to 8.3%. The annual rate of loss was higher from 2000-06 than 2006-2011, perhaps as a result of cooler summers and greater snow cover observed in the second half of the decade (see also fig. 5). The annual average change from 2000-2011 (1.16%) is higher than the annual change calculated for the parks (0.70%) and the region (0.72%) in the western Canada inventory 1986-2006, suggesting an increased rate of glacier retreat in the new millennium.

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The Illecillewaet Glacier
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