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Jeremy Littell, Alaska CASC Lead Scientist, will present two talks for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the Spring Alaska Fire Science Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, April 2, 2014.

Each year a massive amount of freshwater—equal to nearly twice the annual discharge of the Mississippi River—enters the Gulf of Alaska. This freshwater runoff is economically and ecologically important, but a new study supported by the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center shows that as glaciers change, future runoff patterns from may have important regional differences.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center will share more than $130,000 with the Northwest CASC and North Pacific LCC for research to assist Native groups in planning for and adapting to climate change.

During 2013, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Arendt, A., S. Luthcke, A. Gardner, S. O'Neel, D. Hill, G. Moholdt and W. Abdalati, 2013. Analysis of a GRACE global mascon solution for Gulf of Alaska glaciers, 59(217), 913-924. doi: 10.3189/2013JoG12J197

The Water and Environmental Research Center and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center are seeking proposals for water research in Alaska.

The inaugural edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CASCs) annual report was recent published online.

The full report can be downloaded on the USGS website.

Maio Nishkian, a University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate and new Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center student is working with biology professor, Douglas Causey to study salmon in the Portage Valley of the Chugach National Forest. Causey approached the Forest Service, asking about research needs in the popular recreation area. His class of 35 students has been participating in the study, which involves catching juvenile salmon. The class has already discovered that juvenile King Salmon use this area, which was unknown before this study.

Last Friday, September 13th, Senator Mark Begich held a hearing in Anchorage, Alaska on "Extreme Weather in Alaska: State and Federal Response to Imminent Disasters in the Arctic." The hearing featured testimony by Dr. Thomas Ravens from the University of Alaska Anchorage, whose work is funded by the Western Alaska LCC and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center. Dr. Ravens discussed his research, which is aimed at understanding and predicting the impacts of coastal storms under the influence of a changing climate.

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CASC) on Wednesday, September 4 to discuss the CASCs role in working with partners to support resource management, planning and adaptation in the face of regional climate change. The AK CASC will discuss their Gulf of Alaska Glacier's project and their other collaborations with researchers from a wide range of state and federal agencies.

During 2011-2012, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced several publications:

Bartholomaus, T. C., C. F. Larsen, S. O'Neel, and M. E. West, 2012. Calving seismicity from iceberg-sea surface interactions, J. Geophys. Res. F Earth Surf., 117(4). doi:10.1029/2012JF002513

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