David Breashears, founder and executive director of GlacierWorks, delivers this keynote presentation at the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit.
The Himalaya Mountains are home to the world’s most magnificent peaks and thousands of high-altitude glaciers. These important glaciers supply crucial seasonal flows to rivers across Asia, yet many are disappearing at an increasing rate. In this session, mountaineer and photographer David Breashears presents his recent photographs of the world’s least studied glaciers. By comparing them to archival photographs taken over the past century by the world’s greatest alpine photographers, the alarming loss of ice is starkly revealed.