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USGS Benchmark Glacier Mass Balance and Project Data

July 22, 2022

Since the late 1950s, the USGS has maintained a long-term glacier mass-balance program at three North American glaciers. Measurements began on South Cascade Glacier, WA in 1958, expanding to Gulkana and Wolverine glaciers, AK in 1966, and later Sperry Glacier, MT in 2005. Additional measurements have been made on Lemon Creek Glacier, AK to compliment data collected by the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP; Pelto et al., 2013). Direct field measurements of point glaciological data are combined with weather and geodetic data to estimate the seasonal and annual mass balance at each glacier in both a conventional and reference surface format (Cogley and others, 2011). The analysis framework (O'Neel, 2019, in prep; prior to v 3.0 van Beusekom and others, 2010) is identical at each glacier to enable cross-comparison between output time series. Vocabulary used follows Cogley and others (2011) Glossary of Glacier Mass Balance.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title USGS Benchmark Glacier Mass Balance and Project Data
DOI 10.5066/F7BG2N8R
Authors Baker Emily H, Mcneil Christopher J, Sass Louis, Peitzsch Erich H, Whorton Erin N, Florentine Caitlyn E, Clark Adam M, Miller Zachary S, Fagre Daniel B, O'Neel Shad R
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center