Glacier recession and tourism

The rapid retreat of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers is making these glaciers more difficult to access for West Coast tourism operators. However, on the other side of the mountains the rapidly-growing Tasman Lake, which Tasman Glacier regularly calves icebergs into, is providing spectacular experience for visitors.

Heather Purdie comments on these issues – Retreating glaciers possible threat to tourism


SIRG NZ 2014 Workshop – Aoraki Mt Cook

The 2014 SIRG workshop will be held at Unwin Lodge in Aoraki Mt Cook Village close to the heart of the central Southern Alps. This setting provides the perfect location for the SIRG community to congregate. The 11th SIRG meeting will be the first winter meet and an opportunity to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the collaborative Brewster Glacier mass balance project. 

Click here to download the workshop announcement and registration form: SIRG2014_announcement. For additional inquiries please contact

Key dates for the workshop

June 6th: Registration and abstract submission deadline. Students will not be charged a registration fee. Non-students are asked to contribute $100 per person.

June 20th: Final schedule and abstracts released electronically.

July 2nd-4th: SIRG-NZ workshop will be held at Unwin Lodge, Mt Cook Village. The workshop will start at 1:00 PM on Wednesday July 2nd and finish 1pm Friday July 4th