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This project is an extension of the long-term Wolverine Glacier Benchmark Glacier project and is improving our understanding of solutes and nutrients in glacier basins, and how they fuel downstream ecosystems.
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Glacial basins are increasingly recognized as critical sources of nutrients to rivers and the ocean, but little research has been done to understand the importance of glaciers in southcentral Alaska. This project is an extension of the long-term Wolverine Glacier Benchmark Glacier project and is improving our understanding of solutes and nutrients in glacier basins, and how they fuel downstream ecosystems. Such understanding is particularly important given that glacial mass in Alaska is drastically decreasing, such that nutrient sources may be derived only from the catchment (and not the glacier) in the future. This project recognizes that all nutrient sources are not equal and that the amount and quality of nutrients will shift as glacial mass is lost. Work is ongoing to fully describe these changes and their likely impact on downstream ecosystems.
Below are other science projects associated with this project.