The GLORIA Project
(Global Observation Research Iniative in Alpine Environments)
GLORIA is a global network of alpine sites (known as target regions) designed to monitor changes in alpine species, and how those changes are related to temperature and snow cover. It is an international project that involves 24 countries and 48 active target regions. The target regions are designed to be re-monitored every 5-10 years in perpituity.
The Whistler target region was set up in the summer of 2006. It is located just inside Garibaldi Provincial Park, near the RMOW boundary, and includes 4 summits of varying altitude. This target region was set up along with a site on Vancouver Island (Mount Arrowsmith) and were the first GLORIA sites in Canada.
This project was possible thanks to funding from the BC Ministry of the Environment, Mountain Equipment Coop, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Alpine Club of Canada and the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve. Thanks also go out to the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC, AWARE and Whistler Blackcomb.
Download an article on the Canadian GLORIA sites.