Radio NZ: Glaciers ruled by rain and snow – climatologist

Following research published in Nature GeoScience which has suggested that New Zealand stands to lose over 75% or more of its glaciers by 2100, local climatologist Nicolas Cullen says the rate of deglaciation could depend on whether it rains or snows.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Mr Cullen says New Zealand’s glaciers are prone to retreat because they are easily affected by changes in temperature and precipitation.

“Dr Jim Salinger, formerly of the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, also says New Zealand glaciers are prone to change because of high precipitation in alpine areas, which can easily fluctuate from snow to rain with a small change in temperature.”