Based upon the goals outlined in the Kenai Fjord's Environmental Commitment Statement, we at the park are "committed to excellence in environmental management," and strive to be leaders in both the National Park Service and our local community. As a result of this dedication, Kenai Fjords is on the edge of climate change research in national parks.
Climate Research at Kenai Fjords
Researchers at Kenai Fjords National Park work together with university researchers and scientists from other government agencies to understand the unique changes that are affecting the Harding Icefield and the glaciers of Kenai Fjords. One of the areas that has received the most interest is the rapid retreat of the many of the park's glaciers. Researchers are also interested in learning more about the role weather plays in shaping the unique feature of the park.
"The Harding Icefield's Clue to Climate Science:" This article for Alaska Park Science outlines the effects that climate change is having on the Harding Icefield and its outflowing glaciers.
Resource Briefs - Alaska
Did You Know?
Snowfall on the Harding Icefield can exceed 100 feet each year. After 4-10 years of compression snow turns into glacial ice.