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.

Location: 
IARC 501
Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:15pm AKDT

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!

Gabe Wolken in a snow pit

The Community Snow Observations (CSO) citizen science project was featured in a Nature Climate Change Snapshot last month.

a stream gauge attached to a bridge above the Herbert River

An effort to model the watersheds of southeast Alaska is coming to life as one of the AK CASC pilot projects.

Given the complex terrain, variable weather patterns, and extensive network of water systems in the region, a project of this magnitude and challenge has yet to be attempted. With the combined expertise of AK CASC senior scientists Uma Bhatt, Peter Bieniek, and new fellow Rick Lader, the team is taking strides forward.

Between 2016 and 2017, 26 observers from nine communities in Interior Alaska documented climate-related environmental conditions that were affecting their travel to areas used for hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering.

a researcher near a raft on a glacier

Rappelling down rock cliffs, rafting across glacial lakes, and traversing icy crevasses – it's all part of the job for glaciologists monitoring glacial outburst floods in Alaska.

The AK CASC recently launched a five-year communication plan intended to guide AK CASC communication activities, identify target audiences, and keep track of progress throughout our current five-year hosting agreement.

Mean temperature and precipitation maps for Alaska

A new web-based tool will allow communities in Alaska and western Canada to see how global climate change could affect their regions.

A team in the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks created the tool, which transforms predictions from global climate models into more detailed information about local conditions.

The FIRST Network is accepting applications for an upcoming workshop, Mentoring Our Own Native Scientists (MOONS) on Sept 19-21, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Location: 
IARC/Akasofu Building
Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:00pm to 06:00pm AKDT

In conjunction with the Alaska National Lab Day, 11 Arctic research facilities will open their doors to the public.

“The coolest part of my job is coming in the morning and seeing where there were earthquakes last night and whether anyone felt them,” explains Helena Buurman at the Alaska Earthquake Center.

This is one of many stories from UAF researchers that the public will get to hear during the UAF Arctic Research Open House on Tuesday, May 29th from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome to stop by and tour UAF’s research facilities while talking with scientists about their innovative work and unique journeys:

“Almost all kids go through a stage of liking dinosaurs and volcanos, I never grew out of it,” explains John Eichelberger at the International Arctic Research Center. He’ll be sharing his work on magma alongside Hajo Eicken a sea ice researcher who provides on-ice support so that the U.S. Navy can safely conduct under ice submarine exercises in the Arctic Ocean.

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Denali base camp

The Community Snow Observations (CSO) citizen science project was featured in a Nature Climate Change Snapshot last month.

Research Highlight

Come late May in southeast Alaska, AK CASC scientists Eran Hood and Gabriel Wolken have something unexpected on their minds: snow.

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