Science Overview

As part of our original club constitution, we are committed to the promotion of scientific study of alpine and glacial regions, and to the dissemination of knowledge concerning mountains and mountaineering. We partner with Canadian mountain research initiatives such as the Canadian Mountain Network and provide financial and in-kind support to many scientific projects and expeditions in alpine environments through our Environment Fund.

Projects and Initiatives

From the ACC Blog:

  • Woodland caribou. Photo by Ted Simonett, Wildlands League. 2017 ACC Environment Grant Supports Caribou Conservation with CPAWS - Every year the ACC awards a number of financial grants to help our community members get outside, follow their dreams and protect the environment. The ACC’s Environment Grant provides support for the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments, including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. The ACC is proud to contribute […]
  • Figure5 The Mountain Legacy Project - The Mountain Legacy Project: Exploring change in the mountains of western Canada through historical rephotography For 20 years the Mountain Legacy Project (MLP), based in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, has been using repeat photography to examine landscape level change in the Canadian mountain west. Using historical mountain images of […]
  • techtip-columbia-icefield-mountains Mountains 101 MOOC - Mountains 101­­ is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) teaching a comprehensive overview of Mountain Studies. Mountains 101 will cover an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical, biological, and human dimensions of mountain places in Alberta, Canada, and around the world. Mountains 101 was developed at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with […]
  • SOTM-cover crop Melting Glaciers and Changing Landscapes: What Have You Noticed? - Receding Glaciers The Athabasca Glacier has receded more than 1.5 kilometres and lost half its volume in the past 125 years. Perhaps it is the most popular of the receding glaciers in the Canadian Rockies due to its access. Viewable from the Icefields Parkway, the toe of the glacier can be reached by the general […]