Welcome! The aim of of this website is to share the progress and results of current glacier studies in the Expedition Fiord area of Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, while also sharing the rich history of research in the region over the past 60 years. Much of this work has focused at White Glacier, a 14 km long alpine glacier extending in elevation from ~50-1800 m a.s.l.
Today, our research at White Glacier involves maintaining the long-term mass balance monitoring program while building upon the rich history of glaciological studies that enable us to learn how glacier-climate processes have changed over the past half-century.
White Glacier is one of 40 official reference glaciers within the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These observations are submitted annually to the World Glacier Monitoring Service alongside glacier measurements from around the world. Together these records are used with others to calculate a worldwide glacier mass balance index and offer insight into the magnitude and regional variability of global glacier response.
The Glaciology at Trent webpages are the source of much of the information provided in our Location and History pages, and we are grateful to those at Trent for their support in the development of www.whiteglacier.org