Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
18 Feb 2020
 | 18 Feb 2020

Glaciers and climate of the Upper Susitna basin, Alaska

Andrew Bliss, Regine Hock, Gabriel Wolken, Erin Whorton, Caroline Aubry-Wake, Juliana Braun, Alessio Gusmeroli, Will Harrison, Andrew Hoffman, Anna Liljedahl, and Jing Zhang

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Glaciers and climate of the upper Susitna Basin, Alaska; supporting data Bliss, A. K., Hock, R., Wolken, G. J., Whorton, E. N., Aubry-Wake, C., Braun, J., Gusmeroli, A., Harrison, W. D., Hoffman, A., and Liljedahl, A. K.

Short summary
Extensive field observations were conducted in the Upper Susitna basin in central Alaska in 2012–2014. This paper describes the weather, glacier mass balance, snow cover, and soils of the basin. We found that temperatures over the glacier are cooler than over land at the same elevation. The glaciers have been losing mass faster in recent years than in the 1980s. Measurements of glacier mass change with traditional methods closely matched radar measurements.