AK CASC Annual Report 2014-2015

For the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center the past two years have been very busy, marked by continued growth and some well deserved recognition as our research and outreach agendas mature.

In this annual AK CASC highlights issue, you will learn about our research efforts in the development of downscaled climate information, products, and tools. These efforts have filled a critical data gap in Alaska and are now serving both the research community’s needs as well as informing the decision making process for land managers and policy makers. Alaska is undergoing some of the fastest changes to glaciers and icefields on Earth, and our sustained research efforts have also lead to new understandings of these critical landscape components.

The AK CASC has likewise focused significant efforts on how to effectively communicate climate science information to our stakeholders and to facilitate dialogue between decision makers and the research community. These efforts have been demonstrated in numerous ways including prominent collaborations between the AK CASC, NOAA, and USDA Forest Service. Our efforts working with stakeholders over the past four years culminated in the Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada conference held in November 2014.

The AK CASC has continued to support the development of our next generation of scientists through our AK CASC fellows program. All of these early career scientists are addressing challenging issues related to climate variability and impacts on natural resource management, and once again you will meet some of the AK CASC-funded graduate students.

We hope you enjoy learning about the AK CASC and we encourage you to visit our websites or contact us directly to learn more about our research, education, and outreach activities.

Stephen Gray, USGS Director

Scott Rupp, University Director

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