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

 

Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center and USGS Alaska Science Center hydrologist Ryan Toohey has joined fellow USGS researchers Paul Schuster and Nicole Herman-Mercer in conducting an innovative project known as “Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon” or SNOWY.

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and seven of the eight (Alaska, North Central, Northeast, Pacific Islands, South Central, Southeast and Southwest) Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CASCs) are seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) and proposals for funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.

The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) provides a comprehensive summary of climate change impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes observed trends and projected future conditions of climate change in the United States, as well as information on climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

Jeremy Littell, Alaska CASC Lead Scientist, will present two talks for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at the Spring Alaska Fire Science Workshop in Fairbanks, AK, April 2, 2014.

Each year a massive amount of freshwater—equal to nearly twice the annual discharge of the Mississippi River—enters the Gulf of Alaska. This freshwater runoff is economically and ecologically important, but a new study supported by the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center shows that as glaciers change, future runoff patterns from may have important regional differences.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center will share more than $130,000 with the Northwest CASC and North Pacific LCC for research to assist Native groups in planning for and adapting to climate change.

During 2013, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Arendt, A., S. Luthcke, A. Gardner, S. O'Neel, D. Hill, G. Moholdt and W. Abdalati, 2013. Analysis of a GRACE global mascon solution for Gulf of Alaska glaciers, 59(217), 913-924. doi: 10.3189/2013JoG12J197

The Water and Environmental Research Center and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center are seeking proposals for water research in Alaska.

The inaugural edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CASCs) annual report was recent published online.

The full report can be downloaded on the USGS website.

Maio Nishkian, a University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate and new Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center student is working with biology professor, Douglas Causey to study salmon in the Portage Valley of the Chugach National Forest. Causey approached the Forest Service, asking about research needs in the popular recreation area. His class of 35 students has been participating in the study, which involves catching juvenile salmon. The class has already discovered that juvenile King Salmon use this area, which was unknown before this study.

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A dramatic calving event triggered outburst flood warnings at Suicide Basin, a glacier-dammed lake adjoining Mendenhall Glacier.

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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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