Rates of glacier mass loss in the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest (PCTR) are among the highest on Earth, and changes in glacier volume and extent will affect the flow regime and chemistry of coastal rivers, as well as the nearshore marine ecosystem of the Gulf of Alaska.

"The streamflow hydrology of glacierized watersheds: a brief overview" is a presentation by Sean W. Fleming of the Meteorological Service of Canada, Science Division that was given at the Juneau Glacier Workshop.

Funded Title: 
Integrating Studies of Glacier Dynamics and Estuarine Chemistry in the context of Landscape Change in the Arctic
Duration: 
February 19, 2013

The Jago, Okpilak, and Hulahula rivers in the Arctic are heavily glaciated watersheds that are important for fish and wildlife, subsistence, recreation, and, potentially, resource extraction on the coastal plain. If current glacial loss trends continue, most of the ice in these rivers will disappear in the next 50-100 years. It is important to understand the response of these rivers to climate change and the role of shrinking glaciers in the future dynamics of these rivers and the estuarine environments they influence.

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