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The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, working in partnership with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, will fund an innovative tribal project aimed at understanding climate change impacts on subsistence foods, and how seven tribes in the Chugach region of Alaska can adapt to these changes.

Jul 16 2012

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.

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

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CASC), Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) have formed a new partnership aimed at better understanding and adapting to the impacts of climate change on resources of cultural and/or subsistence significance. This partnership centers on funding opportunities that allow Tribal entities, First Nations, and closely affiliated partners to identify viable, real-world responses to climate change, while also recognizing the sensitive nature of many resources.

Apr 25 2013

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

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

Jeremy Littell, Lead Research Scientist for the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC), has been named Editor of 

A new website, the Early Career Climate Forum, was recently launched to facilitate collaboration and networking among early career scientists, managers, and others working at the science-management interface on climate change issues. The Early Career Climate Forum grew out of a summer workshop, the Northwest Climate Science Bootcamp, sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science Center. The website provides a space for users to explore new ideas, share research and project findings, and improve climate change communication.

Apr 28 2011

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.

Anchorage, Alaska
Thursday, April 28, 2011 (All day) to Friday, April 29, 2011 (All day)
Mar 5 2013

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.

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

Funding opportunities were recently announced from the eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CASCs) for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CASC science priorities. Eligible applicants are principal investigators from the USGS, CASCs, or university consortium partners of the CASCs. Other interested parties (federal, tribal, state, and others) are encouraged to collaborate with eligible applicants.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new DOI Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center
The University of Alaska Anchorage launches the first DOI Climate Science Center in the nation with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on February 24, 2011.
Join DOI Assistant Secretary David Hayes, DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, USGS Deputy Director Suzette Kimball, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers, and University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer in Anchorage to officially cut the ribbon on the new DOI Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.