Gabriel Wolken's picture
Assistant Research Professor
gabriel.wolken [at]
DGGS Climate & Cryosphere Hazards Program

In my current position, I am a research scientist and manager of the Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program (CCHP) at DGGS. In this capacity, I lead multi-disciplinary investigations of snow, ice and permafrost, with an emphasis on understanding how these elements of the cryosphere are changing and impacting the magnitude and frequency of geological hazards throughout Alaska.

My current research focus areas are glacier change, snow variability, and unstable slopes. Much of this research involves combining field-based observations, remotely sensed data and geospatial analyses to detect and quantify changes in cryospheric processes.

My role as manager of CCHP involves generating and maintaining collaborations with other agencies and universities, and developing partnerships with communities and non-governmental organizations. I am strongly committed to fostering climate and cryosphere research activities in Alaska, and to improving scientific communication about cryosphere-related hazards.

Ph.D. 2006, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada: Earth and Atmospheric SciencesM.A. 2000, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY U.S.A.: GeographyB.S. 1994, Creighton University, Omaha, NE U.S.A.: Environmental Science


Bliss, A.K., Hock, R., Wolken, G.J., Whorton, E.N., Aubry-Wake, C., Braun, J., Gusmeroli, A., Harrison, W.D., Hoffman, A., Liljedahl, A.K., and Zhang, J. 2019. Glaciers and climate of the upper Susitna Basin, Alaska; supporting data. Department of Natural Resources, Geological & Geophysical Surveys. 10.14509/30138.
Wikstrom Jones, K., and Wolken, G.J. 2019. Valdez Glacier ice-dammed lake: June 2018 glacial lake outburst flood. Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. 10.14509/30175.
Wikstrom Jones, K., Wolken, G.J., Whorton, E.N., and Hendricks, M.D. 2019. Photogrammetry-derived digital surface model and orthoimagery of Valdez Glacier ice-dammed lake, Valdez, Alaska, October 15, 2014. Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. 10.14509/30181.