Understanding the response of Alaska's ecosystems to a changing climate to support resource managers and sustainable communities

 

We have a new budget and a new name — we are now the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Apr 13 2017

In a partial continuation of February’s Research Salon “The Scientific Frontier,” participants will discuss changes, adaptations, and resiliencies of the flora and fauna of Alaska in the context of climate change. Topics will include:

  • “Biological responses to ocean acidification” (Amanda Kelley, Ocean Acidification Research Center)
  • “Salmon adaptation to warming” (Jeffrey A. Falke, Institute of Arctic Biology)
  • “Terrestrial ecosystem change in Alaska” (Eugénie Euskirchen, Arctic Observatory Network)
  • “Climate-based mechanistic projections of forage available to caribou and the implications for caribou population sizes” (Brad Griffith, Institute of Arctic Biology)

Please feel free to bring your quiet lunch. Cookies, coffee, and tea provided!

Location: 
IARC 501
Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:15pm AKDT
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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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View of the Alaska Range from the author's home in Fairbanks. Credit: Jane Wolken

AK CASC Program Manager Jane Wolken recently published an article on the Scientific American Observations blog.

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Preparing the drone for a flight survey (Photo Molly Tankersley).

AK CASC's Christian Kienholz taught a class at the UAS titled "Using Drones for Environmental Monitoring." With Eran Hood and Gabriel Wolken, he trained students to use drones for aerial mapping.

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NWS Hydrologist Aaron Jacobs listens at a table of workshop participants.

The term drought brings to mind cracked earth, forest fires, and empty river beds, but at the Southeast Alaska Drought Workshop held in Juneau this week, a different type of drought was discussed.

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Tribal Liaison Malinda Chase works with community members on a climate change visualization exercize. 

Last week, fourteen representatives from five tribes traveled to Fairbanks for a three-day knowledge-sharing workshop on a topic they are reckoning with daily: climate change.

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Photo credit: Mary Cernicek, public domain

Understanding the climatic conditions that influence wildfire patterns can improve our ability to predict the occurrence and severity of future wildfires.

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Workshop participants exchange stories about their hometowns and experiences as Alaskans.

Where does one start when tackling the thorny challenge of talking about climate change? AK CASC staff and researchers held an interactive seminar at the 2019 Alaska Forum on the Environment in Anchorage last week.

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The AK CASC network will be presenting and moderating a number of sessions next week at the Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE). AFE is a statewide gathering of government agencies, non-profit and for-profit businesses, community leaders, Alaskan youth, conservationists, researchers, and community elders, interested in Alaska's earth and environmental issues and challenges. This year is the 21st annual event, held in Anchorage. AK CASC staff, senior scientists, and affiliated researchers are involved in the following sessions.

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Amy Macpherson joins us as the SNAP and AK CASC Data Manager and Analyst.

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Berries are extremely important to human and wildlife communities in Alaska, and in some locations abundance has decreased significantly in recent years.

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