- Europe’s second highest peak, Mont Blanc is located on the France-Italy border
- Its height varies from year to year due to changes in the snow covering its summit.
- The mountain has lost an average of 5.1 inches since measurements began in 2001.
- All the data is being made available to the experts for this incident.
Mont Blanc – Europe’s second highest peak – has shrunk by 3 feet (1 meter) since 2017, thanks to climate change, French geologist announced yesterday.
The alpine peak on the border of France and Italy was measured in mid-September at 15,773.65 feet, up from 15,776.64 feet four years earlier.
In fact, the team noted, the mountain has been losing an average of 5.1 inches (13 cm) of height each year since accurate measurements began to be taken in 2001.
The highest reading taken in 2001, Mont Blanc stood at 15,783.79 feet.
These findings come amid growing concerns around the world over glacial ice loss, with Mont Blanc not the only peak being diminished by a changing climate.
Last month, for example, experts at Stockholm University reported that Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekais, lost nearly 6.5 feet of height last year.
The highest and most prominent mountain in Europe is Mount Elbrus, which is located in the Caucasus. Its western summit reaches 18,510 feet.
Mont Blanc – Europe’s second highest peak, pictured – has shrunk by 3 feet (1 meter) since 2017, thanks to climate change, French geologist announced yesterday
Mont Blanc: the highest mountain in Western Europe
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe and the eleventh highest peak in the world.
It is located on the border between Italy and France and the ownership of the summit was a matter of dispute for a long time.
The peak is part of the larger ‘Mont Blanc Massif’, a range that is popular among walkers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders alike.
Mont Blanc is measured every two years to help build a model of the ice sheet and to provide data to various experts for analysis.
“It is now up to climatologists, glaciologists and other scientists to look at all the data collected and put forward all the theories to explain this phenomenon,” experts told a news conference held in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Keep it of Mont Blanc.
According to the researchers, the height of the mountain varies from year to year as the summit is covered by a layer of permanent snow whose depth varies with wind intensity and rainfall levels.
The exceptional weather conditions during this year’s excursion mean that this latest measurement is the most accurate measurement ever made.
The geographers explained, ‘Since the beginning of time, the elevation of Mont Blanc has been constantly changing.
He said that the rock from which the mountain is formed is at an altitude of 15,721.78 feet (4,792 meters) above sea level.
Mont Blanc (pictured), the team noted, has been losing an average of 5.1 inches (13 cm) of height every year since accurate measurements began in 2001
Although Mont Blanc’s measurements are taken biennially, officials revealed yesterday that they had opted not to publish the ‘extraordinarily low’ figure of 15,767.81 feet (4,806.03 m), which they previously reached back in 2019 .
This reading, he explained, felt it should be taken with ‘a pinch of salt’, leading him to decide to wait for the 2021 measurement ‘for a more scientific explanation’.
In addition, the team said they are wary of rushing to any quick interpretation of their dataset.
“We should not make hasty conclusions about measurements that have only been performed with such accuracy since 2001,” said the team’s Dennis Borrell.
The Alpine summit (inset), which lies on the border of France and Italy (pictured), was measured in mid-September at 15,773.65 feet – down from 15,776.64 feet four years earlier
What should the EU do to protect people from climate change?
In 2013, the Science Advisory Council of the European Academies (EASAC) published a report looking at the frequency of extreme weather events.
Since then, there has been a steady increase in how common these events are.
In the face of such adverse weather conditions, he made recommendations on how the EU can better protect its citizens from climate change.
The report claimed that in order to better deal with the issues, it is necessary to understand them first.
To understand how global warming will affect weather extremes, it is necessary to study and model them.
2. Heat Waves
Across the European continent, heatwaves can vary widely and have very different effects.
Understanding the specifics of these events is the key to storm weathering.
3. Flood Rescue and Early Warning
Good practice for flood preparedness and flood prevention should be shared across Europe, including information on flood preparedness and various responses to flood warnings.
The report said that the agriculture sector as a whole needs reforms.
Possible measures to increase sensitivity and resilience to extreme weather should be produced.
5. Strengthening Climate Change Knowledge
The research found that it was important that we look at climate change adaptation as an ongoing process.
To do this, continuous observation, analysis and climate modeling of Earth are integral to a robust and resilient climate-change adaptation strategy.
It claims that it is important to spread knowledge, innovate and build international relations.
6. Change in Policies
Before adaptation can be achieved, there are many obstacles which include those which are physical, technical, psychological, financial, institutional and knowledge-based.