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

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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.

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.

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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Jane Wolken Appointed AK CSC Program Coordinator

With her new position, Wolken is looking forward to continuing to work with and meet researchers who are just as passionate about their work as she is about hers.

Upcoming NPLCC Science-Management Webinar

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) is offering a webinar on the affects of climate change on cultural resources.

Trees’ surprising role in the boreal water cycle quantified


AK CSC scientists contribute to research on deciduous tree water uptake and water balance in boreal watersheds

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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events

Online or in 407 IARC/Akasofu building
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 10:00am AKDT

Climate-scale variability and change often has local effects not resolved in spatially coarse reanalysis and global climate model output. Downscaling bridges this gap by providing locally-relevant climate information for your backyard. One method of downscaling uses a regional dynamical model to produce the needed higher resolution grids and is the focus of this presentation. The webinar will discuss unique value-added products such as rain-on-snow and extreme events as well as data-quality and uncertainty issues. 

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