Kenai Fjords National Park is a land shaped by ice and snow. Too little snow has as big an impact as too much. When your park is about 51% covered in glacial ice, that is a major concern.
To help both researchers and park managers understand the impact of weather and climate on the icefield, glaciers, and the connected ecosystems, several weather stations have been established. Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a SNOTEL station has been set up at Exit Glacier. A second SNOTEL, at Nuka Glacier, is not operated by the Kenai Fjords, but is located just outside the park's boundary. Several Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) have also been set up, in or near the park, as part of the Southwest Alaska Network of the park service's Inventory and Monitoring Program. As the data of these stations are collected day after day, month after month, and year after year, we gain a deeper picture of the connections between life and the environment.