Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program

Program Description

Most high-latitude northern regions have undergone rapid and substantial warming over the last few decades. Alaska is particularly sensitive to the effects of climate warming as much of its social and economic activity is connected to the existence of snow, ice and permafrost. Changes in climate can modify natural processes and could increase the magnitude and frequency of certain types of geologic hazards (e.g., avalanches, floods, erosion, slope instability, thawing permafrost, and glacier lake outburst floods) and, if not properly addressed, have a direct effect on Alaska communities and infrastructure, as well as on the livelihoods and lifestyles of Alaskans.

The State can help preserve the integrity of its infrastructure and the health and safety of Alaska’s people by being prepared for potential emergency situations resulting from geologic hazards that are caused or amplified by climate variability and change.

The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys' (DGGS) Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program (CCHP) was developed to rigorously assess geologic hazards associated with climate variability and change and to publish information that will be used for forecasting and proactive planning, hazard mitigation, and emergency response in high-risk communities and developing areas.

Questions related to the Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program should be directed to: Gabriel Wolken