Ice Phenology

Phenology is the study of seasonal natural changes or phenomena. Monitoring cameras are an excellent way to track ice phenology on river and lakes to understand the processes of freeze-up and break-up, provide validation for remote sensing analysis of changing ice conditions, and inform safe travel and recreation on ice. Near real-time camera views and cameras our project and other ice observers download manually are also archived on the Fresh Eyes on Ice YouTube Channel as annotated videos for education, fun, and entertainment.

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20 June 2022

Break-up and Ice-jam Flooding on Kuskokwim R at Sleetmute

This is our last and most dramatic break-up video of 2022 and can be viewed here. Flooding caused by ice jamming did cause hardships for this and other communities along the river this year. We hope this real-time camera, along with many community observers, were helpful in providing forecasts and flood hazard warnings to residents. Many thanks to Susan Hubbard for locating the camera on her property and students and teachers at Jack Egnaty Sr. School for helping collect important ice data.

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