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Gabriel J. Wolken

Gabriel J. Wolken

Glaciology, climatology, geomorphology, snow science, geologic hazards, remote sensing

Education and/or Training

Ph.D. 2006, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
M.A. 2000, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY U.S.A.: Geography
B.S. 1994, Creighton University, Omaha, NE U.S.A.: Environmental Science

Projects and/or Research Interests

In my current position, I am a research scientist and manager of the Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program (CCHP) at DGGS. In this capacity, I lead multi-disciplinary investigations of snow, ice and permafrost, with an emphasis on understanding how these elements of the cryosphere are changing and impacting the magnitude and frequency of geological hazards throughout Alaska.

My current research focus areas are glacier change, snow variability, and unstable slopes. Much of this research involves combining field-based observations, remotely sensed data and geospatial analyses to detect and quantify changes in cryospheric processes.

My role as manager of CCHP involves generating and maintaining collaborations with other agencies and universities, and developing partnerships with communities and non-governmental organizations. I am strongly committed to fostering climate and cryosphere research activities in Alaska, and to improving scientific communication about cryosphere-related hazards.

Professional Experience

2009-Present, Research Scientist/Manager, Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2006-2009, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada
2006, Lecturer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada
2000, Lecturer, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
1997-1998, Instructor, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE
1994, Research Assistant, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Selected Professional Activities

2010-present, Affiliate Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Department of Geosciences
2009-present, Invited Author, BAMS State of the Climate report
2009-2013, Invited Author, NOAA Arctic Report Card
2009-2011, Invited Author, Arctic Council's report on Climate Change and the Arctic Cryosphere
2011, Invited Participant, NOAA Arctic Report Card Steering Workshop
Member, International Glaciological Society
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains

Selected Publications

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