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

 

Modeling hydrological processes in the Alaskan sub-arctic is challenging because of the extreme spatial heterogeneity in soil properties and vegetation communities. However, modeling and predicting hydrological processes is critical in this region due to its vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Coarse spatial resolution datasets used in land surface modeling poised a new challenge in simulating the spatially distributed and basin integrated processes since these datasets do not adequately represent the small-scale hydrologic, thermal and ecological heterogeneity.

Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center’s (AK CASC) graduate fellow Joanna Young along with seventy-five other women were given the opportunity to travel where very few have on the three-week Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica. 

“The trip itself was just stunning,” explains Young. “It’s an incredibly remote, isolated, and beautiful landscape.” 

Antarctica may seem desolate, but Young was surprised to witness so much life. 

Location: 
Anchorage, AK
Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 (All day) to Friday, February 10, 2017 (All day)

The 2017 Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE) is a week long statewide conference of environmental professionals that get together to discuss environmental issues and challenges. The conference allows for a variety of government agencies, buisnesses, researchers, and community leaders to network, present recent projects, and discuss issues that pertain to Alaska. The conference is held in Anchorage, AK at the Dena'ina Center.

AK CASC researchers Scott Rupp, Uma Bhatt, Peter Bieniek, John Walsh, and Rick Lader contributed to a new report that found climate change has increased the probabilty of more extreme wildfires in Alaska.

The report identified climate change as the main factor for increasing the probablity of extreme weather events that occurred in 2015, such as droughts, flooding, fires, and abnormally high temperatures.

The report concludes that climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme wildfires for the present seasons in Alaska by 34-60 percent. 

The Inspiring Girls Expeditions is now accepting applications for their expeditions in the summer of 2017. This program is designed to allow girls ages 16 to 17 to learn about climate change, mountaineering, and to build confidence.

There will be three free expeditions, which include Girls on Ice Alaska sponsored by AK CASC, Girls on Ice Cascades, and Girls in Icy Fjords:

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Alaska, South Central, and Southwest Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CASCs) are seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) for research project funding in Fiscal Year (YR) 2017. 

SOIs are invited for projects that support regional NCCWSC/CASC science priorities. CASC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist to conduct wetland modeling and remote sensing studies as part of the Yukon Flats Thermokarst project and the Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska Project.

The successful candidate will primarily conduct modeling studies that include the development, parameterization, testing, analysis, and application of models that simulate the vegetation and carbon dynamics of wetland ecosystems in Alaska.

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist to guide and support their efforts in developing and implementing communication strategies about their projects and partnerships across Alaska.

AK CASC affiliates David McGuire and Vladamir Romanovsky took part in this project that has created a new permafrost map for regions worldwide. The map displays areas that are vulnerable to permafrost thaw, otherwise known as thermokarst. Researchers pursued this project in order to help esitmate landscape changes and carbon release due to a warming climate. 

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

Upcoming Events

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

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.

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