Climate Science

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.

Alaska Park Science: Volume 3 / Issue 1
Alaska Park Science: Volume 3 / Issue 1, 2004


"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
The National Park Service-Alaska Regional Office has issued several state-wide resource briefs to showcase what is being studied in the parks of Alaska, the impacts that are being felt throughout.

The Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) is part of a greater Inventory and Monitoring Program of the National Park Service. Its mission is to provide the scientific foundation for effective, long-term protection and management of natural resources within the five park units of southwest Alaska, including Kenai Fjords.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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