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

 

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. 

Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning’s (SNAP) post-doctoral research fellow, Jane Wolken has been appointed as Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Program Coordinator.

As Program Coordinator, Wolken will be collaborating with researchers, tracking research, implementing annual reports, and leading the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellows Program.

Approximately 25 to 50 percent of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but a new study by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists shows otherwise.

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center’s University Director, Scott Rupp was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) in April.

The Tongass National Forest spans 17 million acres, making it the largest national forest in America. This temperate rain forest is intertwined with lakes, rivers, and streams that are home to a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish.

Many of Alaska’s landscapes are changing due to climate change, and the Tongass National Forest is no exception.

Like the foundation of a house, the construction of a climate model is the product of thousands of small choices.

Whether it's placing the nails and leveling the blocks, or determining which module to include or how to treat a model discrepancy, every decision is essential when you are building a complex base that's sound enough to support something much bigger.

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) leadership, including the newly appointed USGS director and former astronaut Dr. James Reilly, visited Fairbanks in late August to discuss AK CASC work across Alaska and the Arctic.

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Come late May in southeast Alaska, AK CASC scientists Eran Hood and Gabriel Wolken have something unexpected on their minds: snow.

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