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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates a long-term "benchmark" glacier program to monitor climate, glacier geometry, glacier mass balance, glacier motion, and stream runoff. The data collected are used to understand glacier-related hydrologic processes and improve the quantitative prediction of water resources, glacier-related hazards, and the consequences of climate change (Fountain and others, 1997). The approach has been to establish long-term mass balance monitoring programs at three widely spaced glacier basins in the United States that clearly sample different climate-glacier-runoff regimes. From north to south, the three basins are Gulkana and Wolverine Glaciers in Alaska and South Cascade Glacier in Washington State.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-15 13:57:22
Description The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates a long-term "benchmark" glacier program to monitor climate, glacier geometry, glacier mass balance, glacier motion, and stream runoff. The data collected are used to understand glacier-related hydrologic processes and improve the quantitative prediction of water resources, glacier-related hazards, and the consequences of climate change (Fountain and others, 1997). The approach has been to establish long-term mass balance monitoring programs at three widely spaced glacier basins in the United States that clearly sample different climate-glacier-runoff regimes. From north to south, the three basins are Gulkana and Wolverine Glaciers in Alaska and South Cascade Glacier in Washington State.
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Source United States Geological Survey
Keyword Climate, Climate change, Glacier geometry, Glacier mass balance, Glacier motion, Stream runoff, Glacier-related hydrology, Gulkana glacier, Wolverine Glaciers, Alaska, South Cascade Glacier, Washington State.
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Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-15 13:52:16
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Date Last Modified 2009-04-15 14:00:00
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-15 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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