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

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The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Alaska, South Central, and Southwest Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) for research project funding in Fiscal Year (YR) 2017. 

SOIs are invited for projects that support regional NCCWSC/CSC science priorities. CSC 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 CSC 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 Science Center’s Program Coordinator.

As Program Coordinator, Wolken will be collaborating with researchers, tracking research, implementing annual reports, and leading the Alaska Climate 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 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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Apply for FY 2017 Research Funds from the Alaska CSC

CSC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support.

AK CSC researcher discovers permafrost loss is changing Alaska's Yukon River Basin

Ryan Toohey has documentd hydrological changes that are altering the Yukon River's water chemistry. 

Apply for the wetland modeling and remote sensing postdoctoral scientist position

Postdoctoral scientist position available to conduct wetland modeling and remote sensing studies as part of the Yukon Flats Thermokarst project and the Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska Project.

Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist

The specific duties assigned to the Communications Specialist position will be shared between ACRC and the Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC).

AK CSC affiliates help to produce new permafrost map

AK CSC affiliates David McGuire and Vladamir Romanovsky took part in this project that has created a new permafrost map for regions worldwide. 

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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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