Watch: How Climate Change Is Melting the Ski Industry

| Thu Aug. 22, 2013 11:43 AM EDT

In certain industries, global warming is causing a lot of hurt. One business that will really, really be hit hard? Skiing.

To put it simply, the ski industry's business model is melting. A number of resorts have already closed due, in part, to lack of snow—and in the future, a much smaller total area of the northeastern US will be good for skiing.

In this talk, University of New Hampshire Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Burakowski outlines her research on global warming and how it is changing the face of skiing. In the process, she also tells her personal story of becoming fascinated with the study of "albedo," the reflectivity of surfaces (for instance, snow)—which ultimately helps us to understand the ski industry's struggles.

Plus: This video features a must-see interpretive dance of the jet stream.

Burakowski's talk is from a live August 15 event held by Climate Desk—in collaboration with thirstDC and the Science Online Climate conference—to showcase new and innovative communication about climate change.