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

 

a stream gauge attached to a bridge above the Herbert River

An effort to model the watersheds of southeast Alaska is coming to life as one of the AK CASC pilot projects.

Given the complex terrain, variable weather patterns, and extensive network of water systems in the region, a project of this magnitude and challenge has yet to be attempted. With the combined expertise of AK CASC senior scientists Uma Bhatt, Peter Bieniek, and new fellow Rick Lader, the team is taking strides forward.

Between 2016 and 2017, 26 observers from nine communities in Interior Alaska documented climate-related environmental conditions that were affecting their travel to areas used for hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering.

a researcher near a raft on a glacier

Rappelling down rock cliffs, rafting across glacial lakes, and traversing icy crevasses – it's all part of the job for glaciologists monitoring glacial outburst floods in Alaska.

The AK CASC recently launched a five-year communication plan intended to guide AK CASC communication activities, identify target audiences, and keep track of progress throughout our current five-year hosting agreement.

Mean temperature and precipitation maps for Alaska

A new web-based tool will allow communities in Alaska and western Canada to see how global climate change could affect their regions.

A team in the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks created the tool, which transforms predictions from global climate models into more detailed information about local conditions.

The FIRST Network is accepting applications for an upcoming workshop, Mentoring Our Own Native Scientists (MOONS) on Sept 19-21, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas.

May 30 2018

In conjunction with the Alaska National Lab Day, 11 Arctic research facilities will open their doors to the public.

“The coolest part of my job is coming in the morning and seeing where there were earthquakes last night and whether anyone felt them,” explains Helena Buurman at the Alaska Earthquake Center.

This is one of many stories from UAF researchers that the public will get to hear during the UAF Arctic Research Open House on Tuesday, May 29th from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome to stop by and tour UAF’s research facilities while talking with scientists about their innovative work and unique journeys:

“Almost all kids go through a stage of liking dinosaurs and volcanos, I never grew out of it,” explains John Eichelberger at the International Arctic Research Center. He’ll be sharing his work on magma alongside Hajo Eicken a sea ice researcher who provides on-ice support so that the U.S. Navy can safely conduct under ice submarine exercises in the Arctic Ocean.

Location: 
IARC/Akasofu Building
Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:00pm to 06:00pm AKDT

“I sat through talk after talk thinking I just want someone to tell me a story. That’s when I started looking into StoryCorps.”

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is excited to be collaborating with Copper River Native Association on an Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning course. This course provides an overview to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes. The course is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning.

Jun 14 2018

Are you new to formal leadership training, or looking to improve your leadership skills? Do you want to know what it means to be a mindful leader? Are you interested in enhancing diversity and inclusivity within your workplace? Are you part of the University of Alaska? If so, join others at UAF on June 14-15, 2018 for a highly interactive, retreat-style workshop on ‘Mindful Leadership: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive UA’ organized by UAF researchers Joanna Young, Jane Wolken and Jessie Young-Robertson, and sponsored by Alaska NSF EPSCoR.

All University of Alaska affilliates are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2018

Please visit the workshop's website for more information and to apply. 

Location: 
Fairbanks, AK
Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 (All day) to Friday, June 15, 2018 (All day)

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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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Research Highlight

Nathan Kettle, a research associate working jointly with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center and Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, is developing and evaluating processes to connect science and decision-making.

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