Michele Koppes

Michele Koppes
Michele Koppes
BiografieA keeper of the stories of ice and stone, Michele Koppes is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, a Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change, the Director of the UBC Climate and Cryosphere Lab and a Senior TED Fellow. She is grateful to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, in Vancouver, Canada. Her passion is forensic geomorphology: the art of reading and listening to landscapes to decipher their stories and the forces that shaped them. Her particular focus is on understanding how glaciers respond to climate change, and how glacier changes impact landscapes, waterscapes and people. She believes deeply that in order to address the ongoing climate emergency, there is a dire need for more place-based, integrated and embodied understandings of how the lives of the ice, the mountains, the rivers and the people who dwell among them are intertwined. She spends her time exploring and collecting these acoustic stories in remote places all over the world, from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the Patagonian Andes, the Himalayas, the Tien Shan, and the margins of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets, where she and her team combine detailed field observations of glacier and landscape changes with local perspectives, oral histories, acoustic mapping and conceptual modeling of ice-ocean-landscape-human interactions.
Links
  1. Michele Koppes, UBC GEOGRAPHY website
  2. The Climate and Cryosphere Lab website
Photo Credit Jason Briner
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