From Icefield to Ocean Poster

Kristin Timm, a designer with the Interior Department's Alaska Climate Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, is among 10 designers who were recently recognized internationally for excellence in science communication.

Cosponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation, the Visualization Challenge competition — the Vizzies — recognizes some of the best scientific photos, videos, posters and illustrations produced each year. Read more about AK CSC Designer to receive international Vizzie award

Worthington Glacier, near Valdez, Alaska (Photo by Z. Polly).

Melting glaciers are not just impacting sea level, they are also affecting the flow of organic carbon to the world’s oceans, according to new research that provides the first ever global-scale estimates for the storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers.

The research, published in the Jan. 19 issue of Nature Geoscience, is crucial to better understand the role glaciers play in the global carbon cycle, especially as climate warming continues to reduce glacier ice stores and release ice-locked organic carbon into downstream freshwater and marine ecosystems. Read more about Melting Glaciers Increase the Flow of Carbon to Downstream Ecosystems

Research Will Provide Land and Wildlife Managers with Tools to Adapt to Climate Change

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center is awarding more than $500,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Read more about Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies at the Alaska Climate Science Center

Melting glaciers, shifting wildlife populations and warming stream temperatures are just a few of the critical natural resources that will be discussed at the Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada conference being held Nov. 4-5 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. Read more about Conference examines climate pressures on Alaska’s resources

Aleutian Range in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Kristine Sowl, USFWS)

In partnership with the Aleutian and Bearing Sea Islands LCC and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), the Alaska Climate Science Center will sponsor a community conversation on climate change in Unalaska, Alaska. This session is being hosted by the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska and will take place on September 18 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Museum of the Aleutians. Read more about Understanding Climate Change Impacts in the Aleutian Islands

Crossing the Pikmiktalik River in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Travis Booms)

Along with USGS colleagues Ed Neal and Gary Solin, AK CSC and Alaska Science Center hydrologist Ryan Toohey has published a new USGS open file report, Guidelines for the Collection of Continuous Stream Water-Temperature Data in Alaska. Read more about Alaska Climate Science Center and USGS scientists publish guidelines for the collection of water temperature data in Alaska

Alaska Climate 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. Read more about USGS scientists investigate current and historical winter conditions in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta through integration of Indigenous Knowledge, snow and water chemistry data.

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 (CSCs) are seeking Statements of Interest (SOIs) and proposals for funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Read more about Apply for FY 2015 Research Funds from the Alaska CSC

Northern latitudes are warming faster than more temperate regions, and Alaska has already warmed much faster than the rest of the country. Maps show changes in temperature, relative to 1971-1999, projected for Alaska in the early, middle, and late parts of this century, if heat-trapping gas (also known as greenhouse gas) emissions continue to increase (higher emissions, A2), or are substantially reduced (lower emissions, B1). (Figure source: adapted from Stewart et al. 2013).

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.   Read more about AK CSC Contributes to the New National Climate Assessment

Jeremy Littell

Jeremy Littell, Alaska CSC 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. Read more about Alaska CSC Lead Scientist Discusses Fire Ecology


AK CSC Work Receives International Vizzie Award

AK CSC designers and scientists are among those recognized internationally for excellence in science communication.

New Study by AK CSC Researchers

Melting glaciers increase the flow of carbon to downstream ecosystems.

New Research Helps Land & Wildlife Managers Adapt to Climate Change

Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies at the Alaska Climate Science Center


The vision of the Alaska Climate Science Center is to improve the understanding of the potential future responses of Alaska's high latitude ecosystems and species to changing climate regimes in support of effective adaptive management, sustainable use, and sustainable communities.

Research Highlight

The Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) recently met with Joanna Young, co-director and co-instructor for the Girls on Ice Alaska (GOI Alaska) program. Since GOI Alaska began in 2012, the AK CSC has been the primary supporter of the program and is looking forward to helping make another year of this innovative science outreach program possible.

  Read more about Girls on Ice Alaska

Upcoming Events

Mar 10 2015

Webinar: Icefield-to-ocean linkages across the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am AKDT

Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKDT

Speakers: Eran Hood (University of Alaska Southeast) and Shad O'Neel (USGS Alaska Science Center) Read more about Webinar: Icefield-to-ocean linkages across the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem

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