Presentation of the monograph – Glaciers of Georgia at the TSU


October 7 2014, 11:00 – Presentation of the "Glaciers of Georgia" – the monograph of the TSU PhD student Levan Tielidze will be held at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

The "Glaciers of Georgia" is the first monograph in the Georgian language, which discusses the variability of the number and area of glaciers in the Caucasus during the last half a century as a result of climate change. In the Caucasus, particularly, the glacial processes presented in Georgia, prove the intensive melting of the glaciers due to global warming.

There was a lack of full statistical and descriptive information about the glaciers of Georgia after the 1960s. Almost half a century later on the basis of the new aerospace images and field expeditions the latest and complete information about the glaciers of Georgia according to the individual river basins was obtained.

The monograph considers the dynamics and scales of ancient and modern glaciations; fresh water supply issues; problems, such as the natural disasters due to collapse of glaciers, including glacial mudflow occurred in the glacier of Devdoraki in the Dariali gorge, etc.

The "Glaciers of Georgia" will be of great assistance for the academic staff of different universities, as well as the bachelor, master and doctoral students interested not only in Glaciology and Geography, but also in Natural Sciences and Earth Sciences as well. After the presentation the handing over of several copies of the manual to the TSU library is planned.

The monograph is based on the authors ten-year theoretical and field - desk research results, which is conducted almost in every glacial basin in the southern and northern slopes of the Caucasus. The main theoretical statements and conclusions are developed by the author in the Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography. Also, in 2014, certain part of the research is done in the United States, in the Climate Change Institute of the University of Maine. The monograph is written by the financial support of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.

Along with the presentation the photos of the landscapes of the glaciers of Georgia will be exhibited, which were taken by Levan Tielidze during the expeditions conducted under the auspices of the Institute of Geography of the Tbilisi State University; also, will be exhibited the unique photos of the glaciers of Georgia of 19th century taken by Vittorio Sella, a famous Italian photographer, previously unknown to the general public, as well as the photos of glaciers of 30s of the 20th century taken by the scientists of the Institute of Geography. The visitors of the exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the changes in glaciers due to global warming.