Research Directions

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center's Strategic Plan establishes high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also addresses management needs. In developing this Strategic Plan, we sought advice from:

Science implementation

The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4), a sub-group under ACCER, assists us in implementing our Strategic Plan by:

  • Providing guidance in the conversion of stakeholder input into an Annual Action Plan and
  • Recommending how to utilize available scientific assets to best address regional science priorities.

Maximization of available scientific assets and a concerted effort to avoid duplication of effort are also facilitated by regional Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, the USGS Alaska Science Center, and an Academic Leadership Team drawn from all three of the University of Alaska campuses. 

National coordination and synthesis

Each CASC is part of a nationwide science resource consisting of 8 Climate Adaptation Science Centers and the National Climate Adaptation Science Center. CASCs maintain close ties between activities being undertaken in neighboring CASC regions to minimize duplication and ensure that scientific results are not limited by geographic boundaries. The National Climate Adaptation Science Center coordinates activities by:

  • reviewing all regional science agendas regularly to identify activities that should be coordinated across multiple CASCs;
  • convening a national advisory panel, including senior scientists who can identify innovative new scientific approaches that could be integrated into work of the CASCs; and
  • engaging in national level syntheses and other scientific activities to complement and integrate the regional activities undertaken by each CASC.