Keith Mountain

A&S "Meet the Professor" Lunch and Lecture Series

“Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change:Implications for the Global Warming Debate”

Professor Keith Mountain, Department of Geography and Geosciences

Thursday, February 7, 2008

  • 12 noon, University Club
  • Admission ($13 per person/check or cash) includes lunch.
  • Reservations are required.
  • Please contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or

Keith Mountain is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Geosciences and was recently appointed State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As a climatologist with a specialty in glaciology and global climate change, Keith Mountain has been part of over 25 international expeditions to study existing glaciers and ice sheets to understand the Earth’s climate history.

His research has taken place in Antarctica, Greenland, China, Tibet, Africa and South America with the ultimate goal of understanding past climate variability, where changes have taken place, and the rate of such changes. His research relates to the details of how glaciers and ice sheets interact with the climate system and what the current global retreat of glaciers tells us about climate change and prospects for the Earth’s future climate.

Photo: A portable ice coring drill at work on the summit of The Dunde Ice Cap in Central China (elevation 21,000 ft). This drill was transported on horseback and then man-hauled to the summit. Drilled to bedrock this ice core provided a climate history for this region of China for the past 45,000 years. Keith Mountain, right, and engineer Bruce Koci have worked together on more than 20 major climate research projects around the globe.