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Stories by Kelso Harper

Kelso Harper is an award-nominated Multimedia Editor at Scientific American. They produce, direct, and film short documentaries and social videos, and help to produce, host, and edit SciAm's short-form podcast Science, Quickly. They received a bachelor's in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in science writing from MIT. Previously, they worked with publications like WIRED, Science, Popular Mechanics, and MIT News. Follow them on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Climate Change January 15, 2020

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above

As the climate changes and glaciers melt, a lesser-known threat lurks in alpine areas: glacial lake outburst floods. These events happen rapidly, releasing huge amounts of water with little or no warning. Unsuspecting communities lying in the flood path can suffer serious losses.

Researchers seek better ways to predict these outburst floods and mitigate their danger. Take a hike through the Swiss Alps with glaciologist Fabian Walter to learn about this phenomenon and our ongoing efforts to understand it.

Kelso Harper