Chris Stokes

A former President of the British Branch of the International Glaciological Society, Professor Chris Stokes is a glaciologist in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. His expertise lies in glaciers and their response to climate change and his research includes monitoring small mountain glaciers over the last few decades to large-scale reconstructions of continental ice sheets over tens of thousands of years. Over the last 20 years, Chris has published over 140 scientific papers and contributed to several books. He was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize (2009) in recognition of his research contributions and has been awarded the British Society for Geomorphology’s Gordon Warwick Medal (2013) and Wiley Award (2008).

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Highest glacier

The Khumbu glacier drains from the West Cwm between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge and ranges in altitude from over 8,000 to 4,900 metres (26,250–16,100 feet) as it flows to the south. It is one of the most famous and often visited Himalayan glaciers because it is a key route for climbing Mount Everest. Due to climate change, the glacier has been shrinking steadily and is now around 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) long.