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The Matterhorn, a 4,478 meter peak that straddles the borders of Switzerland and Italy.

The Matterhorn: Alive With Vibrational Energy

In a recent study, researchers found that the Matterhorn is constantly swaying to the seismic energy of earthquakes and ocean tremors felt around the world.

by |March 24, 2022
A person in a red coat stands in front of ice two times his height. The ice is covered with a white blanket.

Glacier Blankets in Switzerland Highlight Global Disparities in Fighting Climate Change

Although geotextiles have helped to slow glacier melt in Switzerland, they are a climate change adaptation that’s not affordable or feasible in many developing countries.

by |January 5, 2022
A small, picturesque town is nestled in a lush, green valley.

A Tale of Two Alpine Towns: Study Highlights How Different Tourism Strategies Influence Resilience

Fifty years of data from two towns in the Austrian Alps suggest that the community that focused solely on winter tourism was less resilient.

by |June 2, 2021

National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

A new study traces the political and economic forces that led to the creation and development of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

by |October 23, 2020
franz josef glacier

Glacier Town at Risk in Next Great New Zealand Earthquake

The tourist town of Franz Josef, at the base of a large glacier of the same name, could be at the epicenter of the next magnitude 8 rupture along the Alpine Fault line.

by |August 21, 2020
Two people are in a grassy pasture with six yaks. There are mountains and low clouds in the background.

Cheesemaking in Nepal Under Threat Unless Pastoralist Traditions are Revived

Cheese production in Nepal’s Langtang Valley is deeply enmeshed in the traditional practice of yak herding, which is undergoing a long-term decline.

by |August 12, 2020

Blackfeet Nation Closes Border of Glacier National Park in Response to Rising COVID-19 Cases

To protect the tribe from rising caseloads in Montana, the National Park Service and the Blackfeet Reservation worked together to close the park’s eastern border.

by |July 29, 2020

Developing a Sustainable Tourism Industry in China

Last week, members of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management traveled to Huizhou, China, to present their initial findings for a study on sustainable tourism for the IBM Smarter Cities initiative.

by |January 22, 2016

Losing Leaf Peepers: the Effect of Climate Change on Fall Color

The spectacular colors of fall foliage draw throngs of tourists to the Eastern U.S. each year. However, new research from The Chinese Academy of Sciences suggests that climate change may shift the timing of this seasonal event to the detriment of travelers and locals alike.

by |November 11, 2013