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

 

an image of suicide basin water levels, with a water level scale.

Image from a timelapse camera in the basin, with a scale to measure water level.

Using the drone-based elevations models from last year, we derived an approximate vertical scale for the rock face on the north side of the basin. This scale is plotted on top of the telemetered photos and gives an approximate idea about the ice/water elevation in the absence of telemetered water level measurements. 

Vertical scale bar measuring water level along the rock wall.

Vertical scale bar along the rock wall.

We installed the non-telemetered water level gauges, webcam, temperature and precipitation gauges, and the on-ice GPS. We also measured ice melt. We didn’t fly the drone and weren’t able to access/survey the water surface this time.

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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.

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.

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Research Highlight

Eran Hood is an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) where he teaches undergraduate courses in environmental science, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. We talked about some of his projects and the upcoming field season.

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