Lecture to examine glacial outburst floods, monitoring and preparing

This week’s Evening at Egan lecture will highlight the origins of glacial outburst floods and the monitoring work being done by local experts.

The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Sept. 21 in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Titled “Monitoring the Mendenhall Outburst Flood,” Eran Hood, associate professor of Environmental Science, and Jason Amundson, assistant professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska Southeast, will talk on how outburst floods from glacier damned lakes are a common occurrence in high mountain regions. They will present on the origins of the Suicide Basin outburst flood on the Mendenhall Glacier, and talk about their findings from flood monitoring efforts on the glacier this past summer. The pair will also share their plans for future work aimed at better understanding this local natural hazard.

The event is free and open to the public.


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