We are pleased to share a new film on glacier monitoring produced by our friends in the National Park Service. “Keepers of the Beat” features Dr. Jon Riedel, NPS glaciologist at North Cascades National Park, showing how and why he takes the pulse of glaciers. The title refers to the fact that glaciers respond to environmental conditions and keep a record of their past history, the “beats” of time. Riedel has taught geology and glaciology for Institute programs many times in the past, most notably leading students up to view the glaciers on Mount Baker as part of our Youth Leadership Adventures program.
Glaciers in all Northwest national parks are shrinking fast. “Keepers of the Beat” shares Dr. Riedel’s findings, ties in related work at Mount Rainier, and explains how the projects are linked together. In the film we see the scientists going about their work and we also learn of their personal motivations and concerns. “Keepers” is 18 minutes long and streamed in HD video at http://www.nwparkscience.org or below:
“Keepers” and the other short videos at the site are products of the North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network, a National Park Service program serving all the Northwest national parks. Its mission is to encourage park research and to disseminate results of that research. Please contact the program’s director, Dr. Jerry Freilich, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-565-3082).