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
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Suicide Basin is dammed by the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Figure courtesy of Christian Kienholz.

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map of alaska with climate projections

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

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

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A paper published last week in Frontiers in Earth Science explores the evolving dynamics of Suicide Basin, a glacier-dammed lake in Juneau that releases annual outburst floods.

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