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

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The Alaska Climate 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.

Plant growth in Alaska should store as much carbon as the state loses to wildfire and thawing permafrost through 2100, a new analysis predicts.

Scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service did the analysis to help understand the changing climate.

The scientists found that Alaska’s ecosystems currently capture as much carbon as they lose to the atmosphere.

You’re the scientist who knows that research shouldn’t be trapped in books. You understand that decision makers in a complex world do best when they can leverage the latest science. You can talk p-values and natural resources polices in the same sentence.

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is looking for a scientist who excels in taking scientific results to new places. We need a team member who can link scientific findings to resource, land, or community management decisions as Alaskan communities and landscapes face new challenges from climate change.

AK CSC graduate fellow gets the oppurtunity to travel to Antarctica with other women researchers to discuss women leadership in science. 

Seventy-eight women researchers are preparing to go where very few have ventured. Among these women, Joanna Young, a geophysics doctoral student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a graduate fellow of the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) has been given the opportunity to participate in the Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica.

At 212 square miles, the tiny island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean would fit into the state of Alaska over 3000 times. So what could Alaska and the Pacific Islands possibly have in common? When it comes to responding to a changing climate, there are more similarities than differences.

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AK CSC Director Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

“It’s really important to have the voice of the climate center hosts [on the committee],” says Rupp.

Southeast Alaska Climate & Water Resources Workshop Reveals Answers and New Questions

“All aspects of hydrology are going to be affected by climate change,” says Jeremy Littell

AK CSC Scientists build a foundation for climate adaptation in Alaska

Dynamical downscaling will help address real-world problems related to climate change adaptation in Alaska

New report calculates Alaska’s greenhouse gas potential

AK CSC research instrumental in new report outlining carbon balance, sources, and sinks in Alaska through the next century.

AK CSC Graduate Fellow Selected to Participate in Expedition to Antarctica

AK CSC graduate fellow gets the oppurtunity to travel to Antarctica with other women researchers to discuss women leadership in science. 

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Research Highlight

A group of AK CSC-affiliated researchers has reached some important successes in their efforts to downscale past climate profiles in and around Alaska.

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