The Little Almaty and several other glacier-fed rivers flow through and around the city. On the glacier, researchers maintain an array of measuring stakes planted in holes in the ice. But it is expensive. It leads to disasters like rapid, catastrophic floods and debris flows. They are old, run-down and inefficient. The team of scientists includes Maya Bhatia, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences andCAIP Chair in Watershed Science; Vincent St. Louis, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences; and Suzanne Tank, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and CAIP Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health, as well as Mark Poesch, associate professor in the Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences. Flows from Kazakhstan’s glaciers will eventually decline. The liquid water permeates the ice beneath it and refreezes, creating a more solid ice layer than before. “There’s an annual input and return from those glaciers, like a bank account,” says Mark. Thus, even if precipitation remains the same in the high mountains, more of the water will be in liquid form, which evaporates more quickly. “Now that they’re melting, there is the potential that DDT will be released into the drinking water.”. Henry Fountain, a New York Times reporter, and Ben C. Solomon, a Times multimedia reporter, traveled to Kazakhstan to see the effects of climate change on mountain glaciers. The timing may vary; the Indus, for example, is more dependent on glacial melt than the Ganges, which receives much of its water from the monsoon. Melting glaciers alone are expected to threaten the drinking water supply for millions of people. “DDT that was used back in the 1950s has been deposited in these glaciers and locked in the ice,” he said. Around the world, vanishing glaciers will mean less water for people and crops in the future. But as the world’s glaciers continue to melt and shrink, over time there will be less water to sustain the communities that have come to depend on that meltwater. Project takes a multifaceted look at water sources in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. “If you are withdrawing more than you are putting in, eventually your account is going to go dry.” However, Mark doubts the Andean glaciers will disappear completely. The Tuyuksu, which is about a mile and a half long, is getting shorter as well as thinner. Aleksi Gorbatuk is a farmer with 370 acres of corn in Karaoy, about 25 miles north of Almaty, and more acreage elsewhere. There is not much incentive, or money, to install improvements like drip irrigation that would save water and improve productivity. Near future work will include collaboration with local indigenous communities, such as the Stony Nation and others adjacent to the glaciers and downstreams. When the research station was built in 1957 it was just a few hundred yards from the Tuyuksu’s leading edge, or tongue. A Clean Water Crisis. It would also save him money in the long run by making his fields more productive. This great global melting contributes to sea level rise. The project, called From the Mountains to Our Tables: Freshwater Security in Three Canadian Eastern Rocky Mountain Watersheds, is being led by a group of University of Alberta scientists out of the Faculty of Science. As these glaciers contain more water (69%) than all the earth’s rivers and lakes together (.3%) it is a tempting thought that we might be able to ferry water from icebergs to different countries. Across the Tibetan Plateau and in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, the glaciers number in the thousands and the people who rely on them in the hundreds of millions, along rivers like the Indus in Pakistan, the Ganges and Brahmaputra in India, the Yellow and Yangtze in China and the Mekong in Southeast Asia. Researchers at the University of Alberta are undertaking a new project to explore how melting glaciers will affect current and future quality of drinking water in Western Canada.