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

 

Photo by Brita Irving. The 2019 Girls on Ice team poses while mountaineering on the Gulkana Glacier in Alaska’s eastern Interior region.

Photo by Brita Irving. The 2019 Girls on Ice team poses while mountaineering on the Gulkana Glacier in Alaska’s eastern Interior region.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications for 2020 summer expeditions. Young women interested in joining the tuition-free wilderness science education programs should start their applications by Jan. 31.

Mike DeLue

Mike DeLue, the new communications specialist for the AK CASC and SNAP.

Mike DeLue joins us a Science Communicator for the AK CASC and the Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP) based in Fairbanks.

He will be working alongside scientists to communicate their work to community partners and to engage the public in ongoing scientific research through press releases, social media, and the CASC website. He has specific communication skills in public presentation, audio & video editing, and mapping.

GEE Workshop Poster

AK CASC postdoctoral fellow Erin Trochim is offering a free, three-part training series on Google Earth Engine. Attend in person at the International Arctic Research Center or online via Zoom.

Training 1 (register here) is an intro to the basics of remote sensing and processing big datasets. Participants will review the many uses of Google Earth Engine, and explore examples of how it can be used to rapidly aggregate and analyze data.

a person rappels above suicide basin in Juneau

Suicide Basin, where outburst floods on the Mendenhall Glacier originate from.

The University of Alaska Southeast is accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar in glaciology for an AK CASC-funded project aimed at understanding the evolution of ice-dammed basins and outburst floods.

On Tuesday, November 26th, AK CASC Fellow Joanna Young will be defending her PhD thesis describing the many impacts of Alaska’s rapidly shrinking glaciers

Aerial photograph of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska (Public Domain)

Aerial photograph of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska (Public Domain)

A newly-published article, by USGS lead author Nicole Herman-Mercer, focuses on the impacts that social and environmental changes may have on subsistence practices in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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Steep, avalanche-prone slopes near Eaglecrest Ski Area. 

An ongoing study of tree rings is helping AK CASC scientists understand Juneau's avalanche history to better predict hazards.

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Alaska and Pacific Islands CASC participants at the October 2019 collaboration meeting in Juneau.

Last week, scientists and staff from the Alaska and Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) gathered in Juneau, Alaska to foster cross-CASC collaborations.

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A USGS researcher running a level survey in Seward, Alaska. USGS photo

Check out the following National Science Foundation Programs for graduate students to work with USGS researchers. 

Two NSF programs—GRIP and INTERN—fund opportunities for graduate students to work for the USGS.

The objectives of the programs are:

1. to provide professional growth opportunities for the students by providing them with new mentors, techniques, or ideas that are not available to them at their home institutions; and

poster for the Northwest Climate Conference

The Northwest Climate Conference will be in Portland, Oregon from October 8-10th.

Are you attending the Northwest Climate Conference in Portland, Oregon? If so, check out these presentations from the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center. On October 8th-10th, the conference will bring together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and decision-makers to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices related to climate change science, impacts, and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest. Topics include drought, wildfire, extreme events, coastal flooding, human and ecosystem health, and resiliency planning. 

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AK CASC scientists Jeremy Littell and Stephanie McAfee are authors on a recent publication in Alaska Park Science.

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Research Highlight

A conversation about IEM with David McGuire, the Principal Investigator of the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) project, and project affiliate Amy Breen.

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