Wendell Tangborn of HyMet Inc. presented a climate poster at the Fall
meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in
San Francisco, December
15 - 19. Copies of the poster and an associated article
can be found on the Scientific
Papers page of this site.
Wendell Tangborn Biography
Wendell Tangborn was born in Sioux City Iowa in 1927. He grew
up on a small farm in Northern Minnesota until 1951 when he was drafted into the
US Army. From 1953 to 1958 he attended University of Minnesota and graduated
with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering.
He worked as a Research Hydrologist with the US
Geological Survey from 1958 to 1979, working mostly as a glaciologist on
Pacific Northwest glaciers.
Much of his USGS work was dedicated
to measuring glacier mass balance, runoff and related variables, primarily at
South Cascade Glacier, located in the North Cascade Range of Washington State.
Tangborn's interest in computer modeling began in 1975 when the combination of
accessible computers and the vast network of weather and streamflow stations
created an ideal situation for modeling.
He retired from USGS in 1979 and founded Hymet Inc. and has
worked since then as a consulting engineer and scientist for the hydroelectric
industry, universities, and government agencies. Main research efforts have been
relating climate to glaciers and streamflow by developing computer programs that
use large quantities of hydrometeorological observations combined with
More by Wendell Tangborn
Glaciers by Wendell Tangborn, illustrated by Marc Simont(for children ages 4-8)
South Cascade Glacier Express by Wendell Tangborn (pdf 135kb)
90th Division Memorial Tour - by Wendell Tangborn and Andrea Lewis (pdf 1755kb)
Experience - by Wendell Tangborn (pdf
Wallah Hut Walk - by
Harvey Manning (pdf 9kb)
Photo credit for oblique mountain-glacier views:
Thanks to John Scurlock Pilot-photographer, Concrete, WA
Photo credit for satellite view of Bering Glacier
Thanks to Reggie Muskett for providing the Bering Glacier photo
(NASA Terra-MODIS, Sept 9, 2004)