Kibo (left) and Mawenzi (right) from the International Space Station on 21 January at ~10am (click to see larger). Note convective clouds just beginning to form to the southwest, as happens daily at this time. Although the crater is snow-free, considerable snowcover is visible on the north side of Kibo; only the brightest-white areas are glacier ice. [Image ISS022-E-33592, courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center]
News and notes on Kilimanjaro's summit glaciers and climate.
UMass Climate System Research Center studies on Kibo have been underway since February 2000, documenting and investigating the environmental changes underway. An overview of the work is here, and publications are available here.
We welcome your observations and images for inclusion here. Been to the summit lately? Let us know how much snow you observed; be sure to include dates and locations!
contact: dhardy AT geo.umass.edu
This project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (Grants No. 0402557 & 0952829, awarded to DRH), and NOAA (OGP Climate Change Data and Detection Program & U.S. Global Climate Observing System). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or NOAA.
We sincerely thank the Tanzanian governmental agencies who make this research possible: COSTECH, Immigration, TAWIRI, TANAPA, and KINAPA.