Outside the two ice sheets, glaciers in Alaska (and shared icefields with Canada) represent about 13% of the mountain glaciers and ice caps area on Earth. Glaciers represent an important fresh water reservoir and glacier-related tourism is an important part of the economy in Alaska. Glacier-related processes, however, can become hazards when they threaten public safety and infrastructure. A variety of glacier hazards exist in Alaska (e.g. jökulhlaups, calving, glacier surge) and many glacier-related processes lead to other (indirect) hazards (e.g. flooding and debris flows) that impact people and infrastructure in distant areas. Echelmeyer, K.A., Harrison, W.D., Lingle, C.S., Valentine, V.B., and Arendt, A.A., 2002, Rapid wastage of Alaska glaciers and their contribution to rising sea level: Washington, D.C., United States, Science, v. 297, issue 5580, pp. 382-386.
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