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Heavner shares research on ice fields

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Imaging standing on ice, with a view as far as you can see. Matt Heavner will describe seven years of research on the Juneau Ice field in Southeast Alaska at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, as part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ monthly meeting.
Anyone who has visited the city of Juneau has very likely visited the Mendenhall Glacier, which is just the tip of the ice field. The Juneau Ice field is the fifth-largest ice field in the western hemisphere, extending through an area of 3,900 square kilometers.
With a primary focus on portraying the natural beauty of the ice field, nunataks (hills isolated by the ice), and bordering temperate rainforests, the presentation will provide an historical overview of the Juneau Ice field Research Program — an annual research program that began in 1946 and continues today. Heavner will also touch upon climate change monitoring and impacts, opportunities for participation in JIRP and highlight a few adventures on the ice field, such as sub-glacial caving.
Heavner led the South East Alaska Monitoring Network for Science, Technology, Education and Research (SEAMONSTER) project, a NASA-funded research effort on the Mendenhall and Lemon Creek glaciers from 2006-2010. In addition to being on the faculty at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau from 2003-2010 in the environmental science program, Heavner was also part of the Juneau Ice field Research Program faculty in 2009 and 2010. After joining Los Alamos National Lab in 2010, he has maintained instrumentation and interest in the Juneau Ice Field.