A strategy for monitoring glaciers

Circular 1132
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Glaciers are important features in the hydrologic cycle and affect the volume, variability, and water quality of runoff. Assessing and predicting the effect of glaciers on water resources require a monitoring program to provide basic data for this understanding. The monitoring program of the U.S. Geological Survey employs a nested approach whereby an intensively studied glacier is surrounded by less intensively studied glaciers and those monitored solely by remote sensing. Ideally, each glacierized region of the United States would have such a network of glaciers. The intensively studied glacier provides a detailed understanding of the physical processes and their temporal changes that control the mass exchange of the glaciers in that region. The less intensively studied glaciers are used to assess the variability of such processes within the region.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A strategy for monitoring glaciers
Series title Circular
Series number 1132
DOI 10.3133/cir1132
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description iv, 19 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.
First page 1
Last page 19
Country United States
State Alaska
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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