April 1, 2015 to April 1, 2017

Projected climate warming is expected to alter the water cycle throughout coastal Alaska. In particular, changes in seasonal snowcover and glacier volume have the potential to change the amount and timing of freshwater delivery to the ocean. Climate change will also impact the amount and timing of nutrients delivered by streams to near-shore habitats. As glaciers change, so will the runoff that is a primary driver for coastal currents that contribute to vibrant nearshore marine ecosystems.

"Assessing the Impacts of Glacier Change in the Coastal Temperate Rainforest" was a presentation created after the Juneau Glacier Workshop for a public audience in Juneau, Alaska. It gives a borad overview of the various ways that glaciers interact with other parts of the coastal temperate rainforest. 

"Estimating runoff from glaciers to the Gulf of Alaska" is a presentation by Anthony Arendt from the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The presentation provides an overview of the research occuring to inventory Alaska glaciers, track changes in mass balance, and understand Alaska glacier contributions to sea level rise. 

Funded Title: 
Assessing the Sensitivity of Alaska’s Coastal Rainforest Ecosystems to Changes in Glacier Runoff
Gulf of Alaska, Alaska Science Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Southeast
September 1, 2011 to September 1, 2013

Coastal temperate rainforests along the Gulf of Alaska are experiencing high rates of glacier mass loss, primarily due to changes in climate.  The high sensitivity of glaciers to climate forcing results in strong impacts on freshwater runoff from glacierized basins.  This project will develop methods to quantify runoff from watersheds along the Gulf of Alaska, thereby allowing an assessment of impacts on coastal ecosystems.

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