UAS Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series continues October 27 with “The Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood: 2023 and beyond”


Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan continues on October 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus.  In the presentation “The Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood: 2023 and beyond” Dr. Eran Hood of UAS and Aaron Jacobs of the National Weather Service will provide an overview of the 2023 outburst flood from Suicide Basin including why it was larger than in previous years. They will summarize efforts to improve monitoring and forecasting of future outburst floods and discuss our research aimed at understanding how the ongoing evolution of Suicide Basin may impact future flood events.

Dean of Arts & Sciences Carin Silkaitis remarked, “In the wake of the recent devastating flood in our community, our hearts are heavy with the weight of loss and the impact on the lives of our fellow Alaskans. The Evening at Egan lecture series strives to provide a platform for understanding and healing during these challenging times. Dr. Eran Hood and Aaron Jacobs’ presentation on the Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood offers crucial insights into this natural disaster, shedding light on its magnitude and the need for enhanced monitoring and forecasting to safeguard our community. Knowledge and research are essential tools in preparing for and mitigating the potential future impacts of such events. We believe that this lecture will not only inform but also foster a sense of solidarity and resilience within our community. We invite everyone to join us in this important conversation, as we come together to support and learn from one another.”

All Evening at Egan lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Egan Library and live-streamed on the UAS YouTube channel.  They are free and open to the public.