Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Use of Imagery from Weather Satellites to Anticipate and Observe Breakup Flooding in Alaska

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM AKDT
Eric Stevens (GINA) & Jessie Cherry (NWS)

Every spring the previous winter's snowpack melts and can cause ice jams and flooding in Alaska. A new generation of weather satellites is helping the National Weather Service (NWS) anticipate and monitor breakup flooding in new ways. Examples of satellite imagery will be presented, along with descriptions of how these images are useful to the NWS and allow the NWS to provide enhanced services to state and local emergency managers.

Jessica Cherry
Hydrologist, NWS 

Eric Stevens
Science Liaison,


Useful links and references

Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center 
Training module, “JPSS River Ice and Flood Products” 
River Flood Product: 
News stories from Galena flood of 2013 

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