Alaska Climate Science Center Events

Throughout the year, the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center hosts events to promote current research, share best practices, and bring together researchers, managers, and other climate change officials. Visit this page to see events hosted by other Climate Adaptation Science Centers and collaborators. If you have an event you would like to share, lmheaney [at] alaska.edu (please email us.)

Upcoming Events

No events are currently scheduled.

Past Events

Location: 
University House, Yankovich Road, Fairbanks
Date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 08:00am AKDT to Friday, August 25, 2017 - 05:00pm AKDT

Are you a UA grad student, post-doc or early career scientist? A woman in science looking to improve your leadership skills, or a friend and ally of women in science who wants to help your colleagues achieve their best? If so, join us August 24-25, 2017 at UAF to combine the expertise of women in leadership at UA with elements that workshop organizer Joanna Young learned at Homeward Bound, a unique leadership program for women in science.

Location: 
IARC 501
Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm AKDT

AK CASC Fellow Abraham Endalamaw will have his thesis defense on Monday, May 1st titled "Improved Mesoscale Hydrologic Modeling of the Interior Alaska Boreal Forest Ecosystem".

Location: 
IARC 401
Date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 01:30pm to 02:30pm AKST

AK CASC Fellow Katia Kontar had her doctoral defense on Wednesday, March 8th titled "Comparative Analysis of Spring Flood Risk Reduction Measures in Alaska, United States and the Sakha Republic, Russia." 

Location: 
Online
Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 01:00pm AKST

As part of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Webinar Series, the AK CASC EcoDrought Webinar will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Location: 
Webinar, IARC 417
Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:00am AKST

Approximately 25 to 50 percent of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists with support from the DOI Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center shows otherwise. Their research is the first to show that the uptake of snowmelt water by deciduous trees represents a large and previously overlooked aspect of the water balance in boreal watersheds. Calculating the amount of water stored by deciduous trees is important. The area occupied by deciduous trees in the boreal forest (or snow forest) is expected to increase 1 to 15 percent by the end of this century, and the absorption of snowmelt could also then increase. Quantifying tree water storage is important for understanding hydrology, tree response to drought and the related factors of tree water use, soil moisture and climate. 

Location: 
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:00am AKDT to Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 05:00pm AKDT

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, along with the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Alaska Science Center, hosted a workshop to discuss data storage, harvesting and dissemination.

Workshop participants used stream temperature as a pilot parameter to discuss multi-stakeholder data management and aggregation for watershed and landscape scale analyses. While many state and federal agencies have their own data formats and data management guidelines, many smaller data collecting entities do not have compatible protocols or databases to store their information. As a result, State and Federal agencies are unlikely to be able to host and distribute other partners’ data yet all are important for being able to assess landscape or regional level change occurring throughout Alaska.

Location: 
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (All day)

The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CASCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This workshop is part of a series of meetings at each of the nation’s eight CASCs aimed at collating our existing knowledge of the ecological impacts, resistance, and recovery from drought. The eight CASCs provide a fantastic opportunity to compare the ecological effects of drought, related research activities, and management options at different regions, spatial scales, and biomes.

Location: 
Webinar, Anchorage, and Fairbanks (see Logistics)
Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 03:00pm to 05:00pm AKDT

For the past four years a team of nearly thirty scientists have been developing the Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska and Northwest Canada (IEM). When completed in 2016, the model will simulate the effects of climate change on ecosystems and natural resources. The IEM is an unprecedented asset for climate change planning—but its utility relies on input from land managers and resource decision makers.

We invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion about the Integrated Ecosystem Model. In the first part of the presentation, we learned about the IEM and some example applications in land and resource management. In the second part of the presentation, we heard in greater detail how the IEM has been used for land management at Fort Wainwright, as a springboard for discussion of how the IEM might be applied to YOUR questions about climate change and land management. This discussion, and more to follow, helped set the course for the next phase of the IEM project.

Location: 
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska
Date: 
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 08:00am AKST to Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 05:00pm AKST

Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada was a joint Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) conference that took place November 3-6, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference was sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was open to stakeholders, decision makers, and researchers from throughout the LCC and CASC communities.

 

Location: 
Webinar
Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:00am AKST

Nick Bond and John Walsh briefly summarized the downscaling methods and output variables they each generated from global climate models for the mid-21st century for the Aleutian and Bering Sea region. Downscaling methods and relative uncertainty across the different output variables for both CMIP3 and CMIP5 (the most recent generation) climate models were described in the context of climatic variability in the region. The emphasis was on temperature, winds and sea ice. Additionally, efforts to integrate climate information into whole-system models of ocean response were highlighted, illustrating applications of using climate model output to project detailed oceanographic properties including ecosystem productivity and community structure.

Location: 
San Francisco, California
Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2013 (All day) to Friday, December 13, 2013 (All day)

Several of the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers and students presented their research at one of America's largest science conferences. The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting was held from 9-13 December, 2013 in San Francisco California. If you attendend AGU, we hope that you were able to check out these talks and posters and learned more about the incredible work that is coming from the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center!

The documents shared below list all of the posters and presentations from AK CASC researchers. 

Learn more about the AGU Fall Meeting, search the scientific program, or look for some of the new virtual sessions at their conference website.

Location: 
Register online: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/733821417
Date: 
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:00am AKST

This webinar, hosted by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium, was presented by Jeremy Littell from the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Location: 
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013 - 01:00pm to 04:30pm AKDT

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center hosted an informal get together and poster session for AK CASC graduate students, doctoral students, and post docs to share their research and meet leaders in climate science and management from across Alaska. The afternoon event took place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on Friday, 1 November 2013. There were remarks from the AK CASC leadership, Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, and University of Alaska faculty members that work with the AK CASC. The event gave the AK CASC early career scientists an opportunity to network with professionals, share their research interests, and obtain valuable feedback on their work from both academic and management professionals.

Location: 
USGS Glenn Olds Hall Conference Room, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage (WebEx Available)
Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:00am AKDT

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center provides natural resource managers with tools and information needed to address the impacts of climate change. In particular NCCWSC focuses on the development of climate-change adaptation strategies in the context of DOI resources, while also working collaboratively with the management community at large. As a part of this mission, NCCWSC manages the eight DOI/USGS Climate Science Centers, and works closely with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives at both regional and national levels.

We hope you were able to join NCCWSC Chief Doug Beard and Alaska CASC Director Steve Gray for an update and Q&A on the implementation and growth of these programs.

Location: 
Webinar
Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm AKDT

Shad O'Neel, USGS Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood, University of Alaska Southeast, presented "Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska." 

Location: 
Juneau, Alaska
Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (All day) to Wednesday, March 6, 2013 (All day)

As climate changes, watersheds along the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) are experiencing some of the highest rates of glacier melting on Earth, causing significant societal and ecological impacts on the structure and productivity of marine ecosystems, safety hazards related to glaciers, hydropower generation, and sea-level rise. This project brought together scientists and land and resource managers at a workshop to establish a cross-disciplinary framework for developing new tools to monitor and anticipate future changes in glacier runoff along the GOA.

Location: 
International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
Date: 
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 03:00pm AKDT to Friday, July 27, 2012 - 03:00pm AKDT

This two-week 2012 IARC Summer School: "Climate System Modeling: Downscaling Techniques and Practical Applications" was hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and sponsored by the Department of Interior’s Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, brought graduate students and young scientists together with academic specialists in climate science and decision makers from both the public and private sectors. The summer school was specifically designed to immerse a new generation of scientists in the opportunities and challenges of climate modeling. Alaska and the Arctic served as testbeds for regional downscaling, although the methods used in the summer school are suitable for applications elsewhere.

Location: 
Anchorage, Alaska
Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2011 (All day) to Friday, April 29, 2011 (All day)

One of the first endeavors of the Alaska CASC was to connect the climate science research community with stakeholders to advance regional climate understanding and research in Alaska. The result was a region-specific Climate Downscaling Workshop held on 28-29 April 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. The workshop provided a forum for scientists and user groups to:

  1. Explore state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies for downscaling climate data;
  2. Understand current science capacities in Alaska and learn about new initiatives and future capacity in the state;
  3. Set an agenda to address Alaska’s science and management needs that provides capacity-building recommendations.

This workshop identified several important recommendations, including the need for better understanding of the science and application of downscaling and a need to develop downscaling best practices.