The dynamic forces at work in coastal southcentral Alaska where glaciers, mountains, and oceans meet provide rich habitats, scenic vistas, and outstanding recreational opportunities. These extreme environments can also result in geohazards such as landslides, floods, and other glacier-related risks. Here we present our efforts to understand a reoccurring glacial lake outburst flood affecting a popular recreational area in Kenai Fjords National Park and preliminary results from a glacial lake outburst flood that occurred in August 2018.


Kurtz, D. and Wolken, G.. 2020. Risk and recreation in a glacial environment: Understanding glacial lake outburst foods at Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Alaska Park Science. 181: 38-43.