News and Events

On September 11-15th, 2017, the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) hosted the 2017 CASC All Hands Meeting at the International Arctic Research Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus. 

Host University and USGS directors from the North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific Islands, South Central, Southeast and Southwest CASCs, and NCCWSC attended the meeting, along with several program coordinators/managers and communication specialists.

Sep 19 2017

The Yukon River Basin (YRB), underlain by discontinuous permafrost, has experienced a warming climate over the last century that has altered air temperature, precipitation, and permafrost. A collaborative effort between the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Indigenous Observation Network (ION) has developed two projects that focus on water quality and permafrost research. More than 300 community environmental technicians have been trained to participate in ION by effectively monitoring and investigating their local environments with global implications. These local observations, obtained over the past decade, have contributed to the global understanding of climate change and ultimately its impacts on Alaska Native Villages. Combined with historical data from the USGS, the ION database now covers over 30 years of historical water quality data in key locations.

Location: 
Online or at a Fairbanks/Anchorage location
Date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT
Sep 22 2017

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for October and the early winter season. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the gathering in person or online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

More information and registration can be found on the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy website.

Location: 
Online or in 407 IARC/Akasofu building
Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT

Leadership, inspiration, and relentless optimism are just a few values that AK CASC graduate fellow Joanna Young brought back with her from a 3-week Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica.

Young returned with a mission to share these values and more from her trip with others by organizing a workshop to discuss what it means to be an early career woman in science.

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) State of the Climate 2016 report was released on August 10 with key contributions from AK CASC scientists.

The report highlights significant changes and record breaking temperatures in the Artic and Alaska.

Compared to lower latitudes, the Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate with 2016 being the warmest year for Alaska since 1925.

With new wind patterns occurring, warmer air from storms in the lower latitudes are being brought up to the north.

Aug 18 2017

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. Rick will present a "Feature-of-the-Month" special addition in which each month he will highlight a topic relevant to the particular month, review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools & finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for September & the remaining fall/early winter season.

Feel free to bring your lunch and join the gathering in person or online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather. Available in-person at: Room 407 in the Akasofu Building on the UAF Campus in Fairbanks.

Location: 
Online or in 407 IARC/Akasofu building
Date: 
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was awarded a new 5-year cooperative agreement to host the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) through 2022. UAF has served as the host institution for the Alaska CASC since its inception in 2010, with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) as a consortium partner. In this new agreement, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has joined the Alaska CASC as a consortium partner to increase the capacity of climate science research in Alaska.

Jul 25 2017

Diverse entities are working on Arctic issues in Alaska, with independent responsibilities for a range of activities both scientific and policy related. While such a myriad of expertise is beneficial, fragmentation also creates challenges when addressing the rapidly emerging and complex issues of the Arctic.

While mechanisms exist and processes have been established to help bridge fragmentation and bring people and institutions together, there are still perceptions that fragmentation exists, that these mechanisms aren’t reaching their full potential, and that more work needs to be done to build more meaningful relationships.

Location: 
IARC/Akasofu 401
Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 01:30pm to 02:30pm AKDT
Jul 28 2017

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for July and the remaining summer/early fall season. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the gathering in person or online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather. Available in-person at: Room 407 in the Akasofu Building on the UAF Campus in Fairbanks. More information and registration can be found on the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy site

Location: 
Online or in 407 IARC/Akasofu building
Date: 
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT
Jul 25 2017

This webinar will discuss a biomass project that addresses energy costs and economic development in Galena. More information can be found on the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative site

Location: 
Online
Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT

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