Sep 5 2018

AK CASC prominent in USGS leadership's visit to Alaska

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) leadership, including the newly appointed USGS director and former astronaut Dr. James Reilly, visited Fairbanks in late August to discuss AK CASC work across Alaska and the Arctic.

AK CASC administrators, scientists, and fellows were present and highlighted various activities and project updates during the two day event. Presentations were made on topics ranging from project introductions and tribal engagement to science communication and outreach efforts.

University director Scott Rupp along with scientists from UAF and UAS discussed the collaborative projects that AK CASC leads including the fire behavior monitoring project and the soon to be launched avalanche study that will better monitor avalanches for community safety.

AK CASC Fellows presented on research involving permafrost and infrastructure, glacier monitoring, cryosphere hazards, and climate modeling. Current fellow projects include:

  • Surface Water Dynamics and Permafrost Vulnerability, Erin Trochim
  • Glacier Mass Balance, Joanna Young
  • Glacier Outburst Flooding at Suicide Basin, Christian Kienholz
  • Regional Climate Modeling of Extreme Events, Rick Lader