The impact of climate change on ice tourism

30 September 2020

What do we do when our glaciers are on a constant retreat, but people still flock to them? “We need to work with nature not against it. As things get warmer, people will have to adapt their expectations.” caught up with Dr Heather Purdie from UC’s School of Earth and Environment to discuss the state of Aotearoa New Zealand’s glacier tourism.

  • UC Glaciologist Heather Purdie

    University of Canterbury glaciologist (and keen climber) Heather Purdie on Scissors Peak in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

For Canterbury University glaciologist Heather Purdie, the future of ice tourism is more than academic.

When she's not measuring ice, she's climbing it, seeing the change before her very eyes.

She's been doing field work from Tasman Saddle Hut, beside the Tasman Glacier, since the early 2000s. As the ice has thinned, the approach slopes have steepened, making summer access difficult.

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