Apr 10 2017

AK CASC welcomes Gabriel Wolken through new partnership

Program manager of the Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program (CCHP) at the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) Gabriel Wolken has been appointed as an Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) assistant research professor.

Wolken’s joint appointment marks the beginning of a partnership between CCHP and AK CASC that will further advance shared objectives through co-production on key issues that are high priority for Alaska.

With his new position at AK CASC, Wolken hopes to reach these shared objectives between CHPP and AK CASC by focusing on issues that have a direct effect on Alaskans through actionable science. In fact, one of Wolken's most recent projects (NASA CSO) involves monitoring snowpack based on citizen scientist observations.   

Due to Alaska’s changing climate, locals are faced with new challenges: changing snow, ice, and permafrost. Wolken is interested in how these changes to the cryosphere are being manifested and how it will impact Alaskan communities and Alaska’s infrastructure.

With his extensive background in glaciology and climatology, Wolken leads multi-disciplinary investigations regarding how elements of the cryosphere are changing and influencing natural hazards. His current research focuses on glacier change, snow variability, and unstable slopes.

More information regarding CCHP can be found at the DGGS site.