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

 

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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.

A new climate dataset representing historic and future conditions in Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories is now available on Amazon’s Public Dataset Program.

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This week, tens of thousands of researchers, media, and policymakers are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting.

CSO co-founder Gabe Wolken collects snowpack observations.

The Community Snow Observations (CSO) citizen science project was featured in a Nature Climate Change Snapshot last month.

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.

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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.

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Scientists with the AK CASC and International Arctic Research Center (IARC) learned skills in interacting with the media and communicating their work clearly during the day-long training.

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Joanna Young is co-director and co-instructor for the Girls on Ice Alaska (GOI Alaska) program. Since GOI Alaska began in 2012, the AK CASC has been the primary supporter of the program.

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