NEW PUBLICATON! "From Icefield to Ocean" describes the current understandings of the interconnected icefield to ocean system dominant in southeast and southcentral Alaska. It is the first outreach product produced as a result of this workshop.
As climate changes, watersheds along the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) are experiencing some of the highest rates of glacier melting on Earth, causing significant societal and ecological impacts on the structure and productivity of marine ecosystems, safety hazards related to glaciers, hydropower generation, and sea-level rise. This project will bring together scientists and land and resource managers at a workshop to establish a cross-disciplinary framework for developing new tools to monitor and anticipate future changes in glacier runoff along the GOA. This workshop will result in a more coordinated strategy for studying glacier change in Alaska and addressing key outstanding questions related to glacier change. This two day workshop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Alaska explored the impacts of glacier change in the coastal temperate rainforest. The workshop had several presentations that highlighted the state of the science from various components of the glacier system, including glacier change, hydrology, ocean interactions, biology, and biogeochemistry. Working groups and discussions explored system interactions, informtion deficits, and resource management implications. The two-day workshop was concluded with two public presentations in Juneau, Alaska.