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The Northwest Climate Conference will be in Portland, Oregon from October 8-10th.

Are you attending the Northwest Climate Conference in Portland, Oregon? If so, check out these presentations from the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center. On October 8th-10th, the conference will bring together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. 

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Ross Spicer presented his work on exploring thermokarst initiation for the Alaska Thermokarst Model

Be it flowing in rivers or glaciers, falling as snow, or carving the coast in waves, Southeast Alaska is a landscape shaped by water.

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Attendees from the 2019 CASC Network Meeting in Tuscon.

From the cool boreal forest of Alaska to the hot desert of Arizona– representatives from the CASC network traveled to Tucson, Arizona for the 2019 CASC Network Meeting last week.

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Ryan Toohey works with participants on an exercise connecting climate impacts across the landscape.

AK CASC’s Ryan Toohey, Jeremy Littell, and Malinda Chase will travel to communities participating in the Looking Forward, Looking Back workshop.

View across the overflowing portion of the lake. The water runs along the glacier boundary towards Mendenhall Lake visible in the far distance.

View across the overflowing portion of the lake. The water runs along the glacier boundary towards Mendenhall Lake visible in the far distance. Photo by Christian Kienholz.

As smoke from distant wildfires clouds the skies above Southeast Alaska, Juneau residents have a much closer hazard on their minds. Warm weather sped up water collection in Suicide Basin, a glacier-dammed lake adjoining Mendenhall Glacier that has generated outburst floods regularly over the last decade. On Sunday, July 7th, the basin water level reached a point where it began to overtop the Mendenhall Glacier ice dam, flowing along the side of the glacier towards Mendenhall Lake. Almost one week later, on July 13th, the basin began draining beneath the glacier.

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Participants learned tools for communicating their science from media experts. Photo by Heather McFarland.

Scientists with the AK CASC and International Arctic Research Center (IARC) learned skills in interacting with the media and communicating their work clearly during the day-long training.

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Image courtesy of Amy Macpherson

Amy Macpherson joins us as the SNAP and AK CASC Data Manager and Analyst. Macpherson will be assisting with assisting researchers with metadata creation and maintenance and in keeping data organized and accessible for all users.

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View of the Alaska Range from the author's home in Fairbanks. Credit: Jane Wolken

AK CASC Program Manager Jane Wolken recently published an article on the Scientific American Observations blog.

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Preparing the drone for a flight survey (Photo Molly Tankersley).

AK CASC's Christian Kienholz taught a class at the UAS titled "Using Drones for Environmental Monitoring." With Eran Hood and Gabriel Wolken, he trained students to use drones for aerial mapping.

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NWS Hydrologist Aaron Jacobs listens at a table of workshop participants.

The term drought brings to mind cracked earth, forest fires, and empty river beds, but at the Southeast Alaska Drought Workshop held in Juneau this week, a different type of drought was discussed.

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