Daily average temperatures from that era have an accuracy of about ±1.0°C, and annual precipitation has an estimated accuracy of about ±0.005 m (Mayo and others, 1992; Kennedy, 1995). Measurements at the three remaining sites were expanded to include ice-motion and surface-altitude observations (for determining glacier-volume change) in addition to the balance, runoff, and meteorological observations already in progress. Large fluctuations result from ice melt and alternate damming and storage release during melt season. Gulkana Glacier is one of three detailed long-term glacier monitoring sites run by the USGS in a study on climate change and glacier-related hydrologic processes. [4] Wildlife includes moose and bears. Typical winter under-ice discharge is about 0.1 m3/s; typical summer discharge is about 4-20 m3/s; the period-of-record peak discharge is 65 m3/s (Linn and others, 1994). Gulkana Glacier is located about 175 miles southeast of Fairbanks, so the day began at 7:00 AM in order to have as much time as possible on the glacier. Type. Mount Maclure, Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County, California, U.S. Coordinates. ft. single-family home is a 3 bed, 3.0 bath property. 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1827 sq. on April 20, 2017. Before October 1968, published as Gulkana Creek near Paxson. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. Gulkana Glacier. In addition, the motion of the ice has slowed, which has resulted in glacier retreat. This home was built in 2017 and last sold on 11/7/2017 for $193,900. Alaska Guide Co. is based in Valdez, Alaska and seeks to educate people on Alaska through adventure tours and online informational resources. The channel is subject to frequent changes during high flows. Access to the College Glacier begins at the same location as the Gulkana Glacier Hike. The stations are telemetered for real time data acquisition. The average ELA is near 1,735m which is consistent with a continental mountain climate. (b) Topographic map of Gulkana Glacier with coordinates of the center of the SIIOS array. Mile 67 on the Richardson, at the Richardson Memorial, take the gravel road to the east. Snowfall is the dominant form of precipitation and usually accumulates on the glacier from September through mid-June. The Gulkana Glacier is located on the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range. Location in California. If you have concerns about Gulkana Glacier Trail, send those in and we will forward those on to proper care takers. Starting in the late 1980's the station has been updated with progressively newer, more accurate, and more sensors. Basin areas (Ab) and 2011 glacier areas (Ag) are annotated. Gulkana Glacier with the weather station in the foreground. It spans 1300 m of elevation, from 1160 to 2470 m. The glacier is in a 31.5 km2 basin and in 2016 it had an area of 16.0 km2 (O'Neel et al, 2019). about | contact. In all but eight of those years, Gulkana has lost ice, including every year since 2000. Gulkana Glacier 1967 (USGS) Wolverine Glacier and South Cascade Glacier are the other two monitoring sites. The Jarvis Glacier is located north of the Gulkana Glacier; a drilling project was conducted on the glacier … Location. Radar system to measure snow thickness, April 2014, Driving the radar system across the upper glacier, April 2014, Thickness and density snow-pit, April 2015, Lunar eclipse over Icefall Peak, April 2014, Northern Lights over the camp, April 2015, GPS to survey ablation stakes, April 2014, GPS survey of an ablation stake, April 2014, Gulkana Gaging Station Data (USGS 15478040), Incoming and Outgoing Short-wave Radiation. Since 1966, part of the Gulkana data set (net balance, accumulation, ablation, accumulation area ratio (AAR), and equilibrium line altitude (ELA)) has been published by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (Kasser, 1967; Muller, 1977; Haeberli, 1985; Haeberli and Müller, 1988; Haeberli and Hoelzle, 1993). Gulkana Glacier and surrounding peaks (Source: USGS). View from southwest of the glacier (August, 2013). Follow this road and you will find the trailhead. Direct field measurements are combined with weather data and imagery analyses to calculate the seasonal and annual mass balance of each glacier. Gulkana Glacier Gulkana Glacier is a glacier that flows from the ice fields of the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range.It is accessible by gravel roads from the Richardson Highway near mile post 197 at the Richardson Monument, just two miles north of Summit Lake and 12 miles north of Paxson and the junction with Denali Highway. Then hike the rest of the way into the glacier. Drive in as far as your vehicle will allow (my Ford Focus made it a couple miles). The station is slightly lower than the glacier's average equilibrium line altitude (ELA) and approximately 300 m from the east edge of the glacier. This A-frame hut is located at 4800 feet and requires an understanding of glacier conditions to reach it. It's an out and back about 6 miles total. 37°44′48″N 119°16′58″W. Orange symbols represent far-field weather stations used to fill … Ridge-top is north of the main trunk at 1925 m. The sensors installed measure: The Phelan Creek near Paxson stream gaging station, USGS station 15478040, is part of the USGS network of nearly 100 stations in Alaska. 26 Gulkana Glacier Ln , Martinsburg, WV 25403-1424 is currently not for sale. In the future, runoff volumes from Interior Alaska glaciers, such as the Gulkana, are likely to be altered much more strongly by climate change compared to glaciers located in coastal, maritime environments. A dramatic example of glacier retreat: top photograph shows lower Gulkana Glacier on July 1910; bottom photograph shows view from same location on July 1952. Detailed results from 1966 and 1967 are reported by Meier and others (1971) and Tangborn and others (1977), respectively. The typical minimum winter under-ice discharge is about 0.04 m3/s, which is about three to four times the average contribution from the combined geothermal melt of the bed of the glacier and melting caused by the loss of potential energy from ice motion. The Gulkana Glacier, located in the eastern Alaska Range, is one of two Alaska glaciers that have been tracked by USGS for nearly 50 years. Northern lights over the researchers’ cabin in 2014 (Source: USGS). The Arctic Man competition takes place near Gulkana Glacier every spring.[3][5]. Minya Peak and the Gulkana Glacier tower over a mountain town in Summit Lake, Alaska. Data for 1992 and 1993 were published by March and Trabant (1996 and 1997) and for 1994 by March (1998). The study monitors climate, glacial movement, glacial runoff, glacier mass-balance, and stream runoff. Gulkana Glacier is located along the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range. By collecting data near the balance maxima and minima direct measurements closely reflect maximum winter accumulation and the annual balances at each location. Location: Latitude: 63°16'3.91"N, Longitude: 145°25'15.97"W Before you leave the area, make sure to check out Gulkana Glacier Trail. Coordinates: 37°44′48″N 119°16′58″W. Nunatak is on bedrock between the main trunk and a western cirque at 1725 m. The sensors installed measure: Ridge-top weather station (Latitude 63°18'N, Longitude 145°24'W). Gulkana Glacier is one of USGS’s two “benchmark” glaciers in Alaska, for which it has been patiently gathering data on an annual basis for the last fifty years. Subscribe to our blog's rss feed, or find us on Github. (c) Photo of equipment installed on Gulkana Glacier. Field visits to measure and maintain stakes at the three index sites are made each spring, at the onset of the melt season, and again in early autumn, near its completion. For several years this project measured the energy budget, mass balance, meteorology, foliation, flow, and glacier bottom topography (from gravity anomalies) at Gulkana Glacier. Meteorological observations began in 1967 with installation of temperature and precipitation instruments near the moraine weather station. ABSTRACT changes in several of the pyroclastic deposits indicate The Rainbow Mountain-Gulkana Glacier area is located in the eastern Alaska Range near the Richiirdson Highway between Phelan Creek and the upper reaches of College Glacier. Daily values of discharge are available online and published annually in the USGS Water-Data report series. ft. house located at 16 Gulkana Glacier Ln, Martinsburg, WV 25403 sold for $220,000 on Jan 30, 2020. Since 1975 both the stakes and the glacier surface elevations at the actual index sites have been surveyed to allow calculations of velocity and surface elevation change. Period of Record: October 1966 to September 1978, October 1989 to September 1993, October 1994 to current year, and annual maximums, water years 1984-85. Gulkana Glacier is a glacier that flows from the ice fields of the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range. Access all the data here. Sold: 3 beds, 3 baths, 1892 sq. The average annual air temperature at the recorder site is about -4 degrees Celsius(°C), and the average annual precipitation-gage catch is about 1,000 millimeters (mm). Daily precipitation catch can be over 100 mm. Overview. Gulkana Glacier is located in the Alaska Range (continental climate) and Wolverine Glacier is located in the Kenai Mountains (maritime climate). The climate is continental, characterized by a large range in temperatures, and irregular, lighter precipitation as compared to more coastal areas. Gulkana Glacier is a branched valley glacier in interior Alaska on the south-facing flank of the eastern Alaska Range. MLS# 1004444997. The accumulation area consists of four adjacent cirques with east, south, and west exposures and the ablation … Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The 1,700 sq. The USGS Phelan Creek near Paxson stream-gaging station is located at an altitude of 1,125 meters above sea level and one kilometer downstream from the glacier's 1996 terminus. USGS information on Gulkana Glacier, including photographs of glacier retreat since 1910. http://ak.water.usgs.gov/glaciology/gulkana/, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28923-c119230/Alaska:United-States:Richardson.Highway.Sights.html, http://www.arcticman.com/directions-to-arctic-man, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gulkana_Glacier&oldid=934066048, Glaciers of Valdez–Cordova Census Area, Alaska, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 January 2020, at 15:29. It’s only about 2.5 miles long and is fed by two small accumulation areas. Gulkana Gaging Station Data (USGS 15478040): Location: Latitude: 63°14'27"N, Longitude: 145°28'03"W., 1,125 m altitude, in SW 1/4 sec.28, T.19 S., R.12 E., Hydrologic Unit 19020102, on left bank about 1 km downstream from terminus of Gulkana Glacier and 23 km north of Paxson, Alaska. (a) Map of Gulkana Glacier and the location of the experiment ‘Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure’ (SIIOS) array relative to Fairbanks, Alaska, and Anchorage, Alaska. Index-site glacier-surface and summer-surface altitudes, measured winter balance, and net firn and ice balance from 1975 to 1983 are reported by Mayo and Trabant (1986). This is one of the essential reference glaciers, with observations and mass balance measurements taken every year for more than 50 years. A researcher measuring the thickness of the snow at Gulkana Glacier (Source: USGS). Overview College Glacier is a relatively short, receding, and thinning glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range near the Richardson Highway. The glaciers are distributed in different climate regimes to better define glacier response to changes in climate forcing. In 1966 scientists with the USGS began collecting mass balance data on Gulkana Glacier, one of two "benchmark glaciers" in Alaska. The 1,777 sq. Daily precipitation records are complicated by thermal expansion of the antifreeze water solution. ft. single-family home is a 3 bed, 3.0 bath property. Gulkana River known in local as Gulkana River, is a Stream and is located in the state of Alaska, United States and the Time Zone is America/Anchorage. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. The McCall, Gulkana, and Wolverine Glaciers in Alaska, the Berendon, Place, and Sentinel Glaciers in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, the South Cascade Glacier in Washington, and the Maclure Glacier in California form the north-south profile in North America. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until October. Photos by F. Moffit and T. Péwé. /  37.74667°N 119.28278°W  / 37.74667; -119.28278. The glacier, looming 1300 meters in elevation, is located along the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range. Measured winter snow balances and annual balances from 1966-77 are reported by Meier and others (1980). It’s located in a gorgeous landscape on the south side of the Alaska Range (Delta Mountains) near some spires known as the Hoodoos, just north of Summit Lake and Paxson. The main trunk of the glacier has a southerly aspect, and is fed by four cirques with west, south, and east aspects. Two Glaciers are studied in Alaska – Gulkana Glacier in the continental climate of the Alaska Range and Wolverine Glacier in the maritime climate of the Kenai Mountains. Location: 63 ° 16' 7" N, 145 ° 25' 17" W; Region: Southeast Fairbanks (CA) Uses: Length: 6 mi (9.66 km) Elevation: 4711 ft (1435.91 m) Mostly level ground, some walking on large rocks, and a suspension bridge! The study monitors climate, glacial movement, glacial runoff, glacier mass-balance, and stream runoff. Wolverine Glacier is also located in Alaska, but … In G1 site also, the previous summer's snow partly remained. Gulkana Glacier is located along the south flank of the eastern Alaska Range. Drainage area: 24.5 km 2 If you have insights you would like to share we welcome those as well. To increase the spatial distribution, two additional weather stations were placed higher in the basin in 2012 allowing researchers to directly measure lapse rates in each basin. Daily average temperatures range from a low of -35°C to a high of 16°C. Data collection and analysis are conducted by standard techniques developed by the USGS. We met up with the group in a parking lot at UAF and spent some time making sure everyone had crampons that fit their shoes. NOTE: Records are poor. The creek bed contains gravel and boulders of various sizes, typical of a glacial moraine. 26 Gulkana Glacier , Martinsburg, WV 25403 is currently not for sale. These data constitute the longest continuous set of mass-balance data in North America (Josberger and others, 2007) which are used to understand glacier dynamics and hydrology, and understand the glacier's response to climate change. If you’re driving south, you’ll see a gravel road on the east side of the highway (if you see the Richardson Monument, you’ve gone too far). Density of the material gained or lost is measured with a snow-pit or core. Data from two glaciers located in climatically distinct basins form the basis of this project in Alaska: Gulkana Glacier, a continental glacier located in the Alaska Range, and Wolverine Glacier, a maritime glacier located in the Kenai Mountains. Balance studies were relatively intensive until the mid-1970's, after which spatial sampling was reduced to three sites used as indices for mass balance. Area: 2016 = 16.0 km2. Gulkana Glacier 2012 (Kinney) The trailhead for this special hike is located at the end of a two mile gravel road that exits the Richardson Highway to the east, a few miles north of Summit Lake. Gulkana Glacier is one of three detailed long-term glacier monitoring sites run by the USGS in a study on climate change and glacier-related hydrologic processes. The addition and upgrading of sensors over the years have included measurement of precipitation (Sutron gauge) and new stations to directly measure lapse rates in each basin. Nunatak weather station (Latitude 63°17'N, Longitude 145°26'W). Among other glaciological research, mass balance measurements of Gulkana Glacier began in the early 1960s with the University of Alaska Gulkana Glacier Project (Péwé and Reger, 1983). The peak of a hill just southwest of Gulkana Glacier has a post labeled PEWE 1975. The Gulkana Glacier area has much to offer, including day-hiking possibilities, backpacking or mountaineering expeditions, or just a roadside view of the glacier on the drive between Valdez and Fairbanks. Repeated point measurements at established index sites, in conjunction with local meteorology and runoff data, are used to estimate glacier-wide mass balances. Current data available from the Gulkana weather station (USGS 15478038) includes: The original weather station had analogue instruments with strip-chart recorders. Gulkana River Lattidude is 62.2208300 and the Longitude is -145.3927800 for accurate mapping of this location on your map The last mile or so of the road is rough, but we made it through and camped Friday night at the end of the road. ft. house located at 81 Gulkana Glacier Ln, Martinsburg, WV 25403 sold for $190,000 on Feb 26, 2018. The Gulkana weather station (latitude 63°16'N, longitude 145°25'W) is located at an altitude of 1480 m on the crest of a wind-swept, ice-cored moraine along the eastern boundary of the glacier. It has a super cool suspension bridge and can be done all in the same day. [1] It is accessible by gravel roads from the Richardson Highway near mile post 197 at the Richardson Monument,[2] just two miles north of Summit Lake and 12 miles north of Paxson and the junction with Denali Highway. Elevation Range: Approximately 1160-2470 meters Richardson Highway, southeast of Fairbanks Years ago many a mountaineering adventure used this access route to enter the mountains, but the popularity of recreational snowmachining has driven mountaineers to quieter areas. Mountain glacier. Real-time Data. Hiking Castner Glacier During Winter. Gulkana River Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glennallen, Alaska that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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