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Steep, avalanche-prone slopes near Eaglecrest Ski Area. 

An ongoing study of tree rings is helping AK CASC scientists understand Juneau's avalanche history to better predict hazards.

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Alaska and Pacific Islands CASC participants at the October 2019 collaboration meeting in Juneau.

Last week, scientists and staff from the Alaska and Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) gathered in Juneau, Alaska to foster cross-CASC collaborations.

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A USGS researcher running a level survey in Seward, Alaska. USGS photo

Check out the following National Science Foundation Programs for graduate students to work with USGS researchers. 

Two NSF programs—GRIP and INTERN—fund opportunities for graduate students to work for the USGS.

The objectives of the programs are:

1. to provide professional growth opportunities for the students by providing them with new mentors, techniques, or ideas that are not available to them at their home institutions; and

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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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