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


IARC 501
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:15pm AKDT

In a partial continuation of February’s Research Salon “The Scientific Frontier,” participants will discuss changes, adaptations, and resiliencies of the flora and fauna of Alaska in the context of climate change. Topics will include:

Mendenhall glacier sits roughly 12 miles north of Juneau, Alaska. It’s the only barrier between the Suicide Basin sub-glacial lake and hundreds of residents as well as the critical infrastructure that serves over 32,000 people. In 2011 and 2014, Suicide Basin broke its ice barrier and an outburst flood destroyed nearby trails and property. Since then, these events have been increasing, which causes a significant threat to downstream infrastructure and public safety.

Anchorage, AK
Monday, February 12, 2018 (All day) to Friday, February 16, 2018 (All day)

Several AK CSC staff members and scientists are presenting in sessions during The Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE) this year. These sessions include: 

The newly published paper, Hydrologic Regime Changes in a High-Latitude Glacierized Watershed under Future Climate Conditions, highlights the projected increase of Copper River discharge due to an increase in precipitation and glacial melt water

This 13-minute video, featuring IARC Research Associate Katie Spellman and SNAP's Nancy Fresco, explains the importance and relevance of computer modeling in making sense of climate change.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow through their Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

The Inspiring Girls Expeditions is now accepting applications for their expeditions in the summer of 2018. This program is designed to allow girls ages 16 to 17 to learn about climate change, mountaineering, and to build confidence.

These unique, free, wilderness expeditions include Girls on Ice Alaska sponsored by AK CSC, Girls on Ice Cascades, Girls in Icy Fjords, and more. 

Applications must be submitted by January 19, 2018.

The Special Issue: Translational ecology for December 2017 is now available online

AK CSC researcher Jeremy Littell contributed to:

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is offering a Ph.D. graduate research assistanship in stream fish ecology and a postdoctoral researcher position in freshwater ecology and habitat modeling. 

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Stream Fish Ecology

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative is pleased to announce the Alaska-Canada Boreal Science and Management Research Tool.


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AK CSC program coordinator accepted into the Voices for Science Program

The participants in the program have access to science communication and outreach training as well as the support needed for outreach activities in their local community. 

Scientists monitor glacial lakes to prepare for outburst floods in Alaska

The volume of water stored behind the ice-dammed lake increases until the dam is breached, usually resulting in a catastrophic release of water that can flood downstream rivers.

New publication: Copper River regime change

New publication highlights the projected increase of Copper River discharge due to an increase in precipitation and glacial melt water.

Modeling in Climate Change Research

New video highlights the importance and relevance of computer modeling in making sense of climate change.

AK CSC Annual Report 2017

Read about some of the events, research activities, and accomplishments of the Alaska Climate Science Center during 2017!


Upcoming Events

Nome, Alaska
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:15am AKDT to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 10:15am AKDT

The annual Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC) brings together local and indigenous knowledge of subsistence-based communities and scientific research. The 2018 conference will focus on effectively communicating science and traditional knowledge within rural communities. 

Please visit the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference website for more information. 

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