The Juneau Icefield Research Program ans its Surveying Mission

des Instituts für Geodäsie

Heft 50/1997

The Juneau Icefield Research Program
and its Surveying Mission

Maynard M. MILLER

In: WELSCH, Walter M. / LANG, Martin / MILLER, Maynard M. (Hrsg.) [1997]:
Geodetic Activities Juneau Icefield, Alaska, 1981-1996.
Schriftenreihe des Studiengangs Vermessungswesen der Universität der Bundeswehr München, Heft 50, Neubiberg, S. 27-49.


Reports on subsequent survey data, key records and analyses, including mapping projects and other strain rate studies using GPS, are presented in the remaining chapters of this monograph. Some of these anually made measurements reveal added details of variations in the continuum of surface flow. In this contribution, we have interpreted these measurements to relate to significant changes in mass balance on the broad and smooth surfaces of upper névés of the Juneau Icefield. In such cases, the climatological importance of survey-based research is further emphasized.

It is noteworthy that many of these later investigations have been accomplished with the cooperation of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Welsch and his colleagues from Munich with the excellent asistance of our student participants, many of them supported by U.S. National Science Foundation, Army Research Office and Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research field grants.

Because of his close involvement with JIRP in recent years, Prof. Welsch and M. Lang have edited reports as a summary compendium of JIRP survey results in more recent years. Most of these surveys have been supported by the National Science Foundation and Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research contracts with JIRP.

The Taku, Lemon Creek, Vaughan Lewis, Lllewellyn and Cathedral Massif Glaciers topographic mapping projects between 1958 und 1994 have been supported by the American Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society [CASE, 1958; AMERICAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, 1960; KONECNY, 1966; RENTSCH et al., 1990; MILLER et al., 1994].


AMERICAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY [1960]: Leomon Creek Glacier, Alaska. Nine Glacier Maps, Northwestern North America, to accompany nine separate map sheets on scale of 1:10,000. Special Publication No. 34, Map 1. American Geographical Society, New York.

CASE, J. B. [1958]: Mapping of Glaciers in Alaska. Photogrammetric Engineering, Vol. 24, Falls Church, VA., pp. 815-821.

KONECNY, G. [1966]: Application of Photogrammetry to Surveys of Glaciers in Canada and Alaska. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 6, Ottawa, pp. 783-798.

MILLER, M. M. / MARCUS, M. G. / LANG, M. / CHAMBERS, F. [1994]: Lemon Creek Glacier, Alaska, Map, Scale 1:10,000. Foundation for Glacial Environmental Research and Arizona State University in cooperation with the National Geographic Society.

RENTSCH, H. / WELSCH, W. / HEIPKE, C. / MILLER, M. M. [1990]: Digital Terrain Models as a Tool for Glacier Studies. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 36, No. 124, Cambridge, pp. 273-278.

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