Southeast Alaska's changing glaciers

Release Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2007

For Immediate Release 

The coastal mountains along the Gulf of Alaska and Alaska’s inside passage are home to the largest glaciers outside of the polar region. The close proximity of the Pacific Ocean to this region’s high mountains makes these glaciers especially dynamic. Tidewater glaciers sometimes exhibit wild instabilities that can lead to dramatic changes much larger than or even opposite to other glacier behavior.

On Monday, Feb. 12, Chris Larsen, Assistant Research Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give an overview of Alaska’s coastal glaciers and explain some of the methods researchers use to monitor how they are changing.“Dynamic Glaciers of Southeast Alaska” is part of the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, which takes place in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau and Seward.

The weekly series, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presents the latest scientific findings relevant to all Alaskans. The free, one-hour events begin at 7 p.m. Mondays at Centennial Hall Convention Center throughout February. All ages are welcome. 

Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found online at 

Chris Larsen, Geophysical Institute: (907) 474-5333 
Kevin Myers, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, UAS: (907) 796-6530