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South Cascade Glacier

Photo of South Cascade Glacier (click for enlargement 187 KB).
South Cascade Glacier, (click on image for enlargement, 187 KB.)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates a long-term program to monitor climate, glacier motion, glacier mass balance, and stream runoff. The data collected are used to understand glacier-related hydrologic processes and improve the quantitative prediction of water resources, glacier-related hazards, and the consequences of climate change. The approach has been to establish long-term mass balance monitoring programs at three widely spaced glacier basins in the United States that clearly sample different climate-glacier-runoff regimes. South Cascade Glacier is one of these three long-term, high quality mass balance monitoring sites operated by the USGS. The other monitoring sites are Gulkana Glacier and Wolverine Glacier in Alaska.

South Cascade Glacier change over time.

See 3-glacier summaries for annual mass balance, runoff, and air temperature graphs and data.

If you have Google Earth installed, load view of South Cascade Glacier here.

See the Washington Water Science Center Glaciers and Snowpack Project page for more information here http://wa.water.usgs.gov/projects/glacier/


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