The future development of the glacier:
The retreat of mountain glaciers worldwide during the 21st century is expected to have severe impacts on humanity. Glaciers are important components of the global hydrological cycle and glacier wastage substantially contributes to sea-level rise.
Future glacier evolution can be investigated using numerical models driven by climate scenarios. Today, such models can be applied to all 200,000 glaciers on Earth and permit assessing glacier change at the global scale. Until 2100, a loss of about one third of the current glacier ice volume is anticipated, raising the sea level by 10-15 centimetres.
However, in the Alps, for example, glaciers might almost completely disappear. Projections of future glacier evolution are still hampered by considerable uncertainties which could only be tackled with an improved understanding of the involved processes.