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

 

Government officials, diplomats from around the world, and the President of the United States visited Alaska in late August and early September to discuss climate change in Alaska and the Arctic. The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center administrators, scientists, fellows, and research projects were prominent throughout the special activities and events held around the state.

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, along with NOAA, NASA, OSTP, and other agencies, provided scientific expertise for the newly released Arctic Theme in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is comprised of datasets and resources designed to facilitate resilience to climate impacts, and is part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Data Initiative (CDI).

“It’s going to be a bad fire day,” said Dr. Scott Rupp, university director of the Interior Department’s Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center and a fire ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as he looked out the window at the thick layer of smoke blanketing the city of Fairbanks.

A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes, say scientists in a paper published in Nature today.

A new report produced by members of the Integrated Ecosystem Model research team describes the progress of the IEM project between January 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Videos of presentations from the Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada Conference are now available

Is it going to be a busy fire season, or will it be wet in Alaska this summer? New geographic climate divisions for Alaska can help answer these questions.

Frozen bodies of ice cover nearly 10 percent of the state of Alaska, but the influence of glaciers on the environment, tourism, fisheries, hydropower, and other important Alaska resources is rarely discussed.

But a new article published this week in the journal BioScience has started the conversation.

During 2015, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Hood, E, Battin, TJ, Fellman, J, O’Neel, S, and Spencer, RGM. 2015. Storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers and ice sheets. Nature Geoscience. 8: 91–96. doi:10.1038/ngeo2331

During 2014, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Bennett, KE and Walsh, JE. 2014. Spatial and temporal changes in indices of extreme precipitation and temperature for Alaska. International Journal of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.4067   

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Washington, D.C. at night in the winter.

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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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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