Understanding the response of Alaska's ecosystems to a changing climate to support resource managers and sustainable communities

 

We have a new budget and a new name — we are now the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Apr 13 2017

In a partial continuation of February’s Research Salon “The Scientific Frontier,” participants will discuss changes, adaptations, and resiliencies of the flora and fauna of Alaska in the context of climate change. Topics will include:

  • “Biological responses to ocean acidification” (Amanda Kelley, Ocean Acidification Research Center)
  • “Salmon adaptation to warming” (Jeffrey A. Falke, Institute of Arctic Biology)
  • “Terrestrial ecosystem change in Alaska” (Eugénie Euskirchen, Arctic Observatory Network)
  • “Climate-based mechanistic projections of forage available to caribou and the implications for caribou population sizes” (Brad Griffith, Institute of Arctic Biology)

Please feel free to bring your quiet lunch. Cookies, coffee, and tea provided!

Location: 
IARC 501
Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:15pm AKDT
map of alaska with climate projections

An example of downscaled climate data from a course, global model (top) to regional scale information for Alaska. This regional-scale data is at a 20-kilometer resolution, while Lader’s current work is producing 4-kilometer and 1-kilometer resolution for Southeast Alaska.

AK CASC researchers are working with a team of stakeholders to create highly detailed climate projections for the region that will help managers prepare for the rapid changes in climate Southeast Alaska faces.

A group of seminar participants listen attentively as Libby Roderick speaks.

Day two of the trainings focused heavily on indigenous knowledge and wisdom, and the potential for greater participation and collaboration in science and research.

The AK CASC brought together a community of academics and researchers to address the challenge of difficult dialogues on our campus.

a woman gives a presentation in front of a classroom

Erin Trochim gives the first training in her Google Earth Engine Workshop series at IARC.

Google Earth Engine can be used to study trends and changes across Earth’s surface over space and time, and ask complex geospatial questions.

A group photo of AK SNAP, EPSCoR, and IARC members with hands raised and smiling.

Participants from AK SNAP, EPSCoR, and IARC celebrate three days of intensive communication practice.

Photo credit: Molly Tankersley/AK CASC.

Climate science is a complex and often misinterpreted field. This week a group of climate scientists came together in Fairbanks to address this issue.

Photo by Brita Irving. The 2019 Girls on Ice team poses while mountaineering on the Gulkana Glacier in Alaska’s eastern Interior region.

Photo by Brita Irving. The 2019 Girls on Ice team poses while mountaineering on the Gulkana Glacier in Alaska’s eastern Interior region.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications for 2020 summer expeditions. Young women interested in joining the tuition-free wilderness science education programs should start their applications by Jan. 31.

Mike DeLue

Mike DeLue, the new communications specialist for the AK CASC and SNAP.

Mike DeLue joins us a Science Communicator for the AK CASC and the Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP) based in Fairbanks.

He will be working alongside scientists to communicate their work to community partners and to engage the public in ongoing scientific research through press releases, social media, and the CASC website. He has specific communication skills in public presentation, audio & video editing, and mapping.

GEE Workshop Poster

AK CASC postdoctoral fellow Erin Trochim is offering a free, three-part training series on Google Earth Engine. Attend in person at the International Arctic Research Center or online via Zoom.

Training 1 (register here) is an intro to the basics of remote sensing and processing big datasets. Participants will review the many uses of Google Earth Engine, and explore examples of how it can be used to rapidly aggregate and analyze data.

a person rappels above suicide basin in Juneau

Suicide Basin, where outburst floods on the Mendenhall Glacier originate from.

The University of Alaska Southeast is accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar in glaciology for an AK CASC-funded project aimed at understanding the evolution of ice-dammed basins and outburst floods.

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a mountain scene in Southeast Alaska

AK CASC researchers are working with a team of stakeholders to create highly detailed climate projections for the region that will help managers prepare for the rapid changes in climate Southeast Alaska faces.

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Research Highlight

Eran Hood is an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) where he teaches undergraduate courses in environmental science, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. We talked about some of his projects and the upcoming field season.

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