The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) proudly presents this Walter Orr Roberts Memorial Public Lecture by glaciologist Heïdi Sevestre.
Today, about 3000 glaciers straddle the Equator in Latin America, East Africa, and Indonesia. Dr. Heïdi Sevestre will present her ongoing project, “The Last Tropical Glaciers,” initiated in 2019 in Colombia. Together with local glaciologist Jorge Luis Leballos and citizen science project Cumbres Blancas Colombia, they conducted several field campaigns to support the monitoring of the small tropical glaciers in the country and raise awareness of these rapidly disappearing glaciers all the way to the desk of decision makers.
Dr. Heïdi Sevestre is a glaciologist and winner of the inaugural Shackleton Medal for the Protection of the Polar Regions. Dr. Sevestre is a member of AMAP secretariat, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, one of the working groups to the Arctic Council. She teaches glaciology at the University Center in Svalbard. Dr. Sevestre is a Fellow International to The Explorers Club and has led numerous polar and high mountain expeditions from the Andes to the Himalayas. Today, through her work, she aims to make science more accessible to all, from youth to decision makers.