Sunday, June 7, 2009


This project is an exploratory evaluation of glaciation, mountain culture and climate change in the At-Bashy, a remote mountain range of Tien Shan, located within the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. Research will provide one the first empirical assessments linking the social and physical processes of glaciation. Quantitative data compilation and exploratory mountaineering will organize a local inventory and database of climate and mountains, glaciers and climate in the At-Bashy. Qualitative social data analysis will address the perceptions and knowledge of glacier retreat and climate change held by local people.

Funded by a Fulbright Grant and the American Alpine Club, the project is organized by Ann Piersall. Research will begin in November 2009 and run through the summer of 2010. The interdisciplinary field based approach of this project will promote awareness, encourage international collaboration and engage local communities of the At-Bashy in this unique assessment of mountain geography and culture.