Mar 5 2013

Juneau Glacier Workshop

Juneau, Alaska
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, March 6, 2013 (All day)

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.

Day 1 - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
8:30 am

Introductions and Workshop Overview (Shad O’Neel, Eran Hood, Allison Bidlack, Steve Gray) 

9:30 am

Overview Talks & Discussion I:

Glacier Change (Anthony Arendt)

Glacial Hydrology (Sean Fleming) 

10:30 am Break
10:45 am

Overview Talks & Discussion II:

Glaciers & Biogeochemistry (Eran Hood)

Glaciers & Oceanography (Peter Winsor) 

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm

Overview Talk & Discussion III:

Glacier impacts on Marine Ecology & Food Webs (Yumi Arimitsu) 

1:30 pm Charge to Working Groups
2:00 pm

Disciplinary Working Groups

3:30 pm Working Group Reports
4:45 pm Adjourn
Day 2 - Wednesday, March 6, 2013
8:30 am Coffee and Conversation
9:00 am Charge to Working Groups
9:30 am

Interdisciplinary Working Groups

11:00 am Working Group Reports
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Management Information Needs - Group Discussion
2:30 pm

Mendenhall Glacier Natural History Tour with Roman Motyka 

3:30 pm

Workshop Summary

5:00 pm Adjourn
Fact Sheet/FAQ