Glacier Hazards

Outside the two ice sheets, glaciers in Alaska (and shared icefields with Canada) represent about 13% of the mountain glaciers and ice caps area on Earth. Glaciers represent an important fresh water reservoir and glacier-related tourism is an important part of the economy in Alaska. Glacier-related processes, however, can become hazards when they threaten public safety and infrastructure. A variety of glacier hazards exist in Alaska (e.g. jökulhlaups, calving, glacier surge) and many glacier-related processes lead to other (indirect) hazards (e.g. flooding and debris flows) that impact people and infrastructure in distant areas.Echelmeyer, K.A., Harrison, W.D., Lingle, C.S., Valentine, V.B., and Arendt, A.A., 2002, Rapid wastage of Alaska glaciers and their contribution to rising sea level: Washington, DC, United States, Science, Science, Vol. 297, Issue 5580, pp. 382-386.

Below is a list of publications related to Glacier Hazards. Select a publication number to access more detailed information and their respective files available for download.

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PDF 93-81 Report
Combellick, R.A., 1993, Geologic hazards in and near proposed state of Alaska oil and gas lease sale 79 (Cape Yakataga): Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Public Data File 93-81, 11 p.
PDF 95-36 Report
Combellick, R.A., Reger, R.D., and Nye, C.J., 1995, Geologic hazards in and near proposed state of Alaska oil and gas lease sale 85A (Cook Inlet): Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Public Data File 95-36, 12 p.
PIR 2008-3A Report Map Geospatial Data
Reger, R.D., Stevens, D.S.P., and Solie, D.N., 2008, Surficial-geologic map, Delta Junction to Dot Lake, Alaska Highway corridor: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2008-3A, 48 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
RI 94-29 Report
Combellick, R.A., 1994, Geologic hazards in the Yakataga planning area, southeastern Alaska: an overview: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Report of Investigation 94-29, 9 p.