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

Each year a massive amount of freshwater—equal to nearly twice the annual discharge of the Mississippi River—enters the Gulf of Alaska. This freshwater runoff is economically and ecologically important, but a new study supported by the Alaska Climate Science Center shows that as glaciers change, future runoff patterns from may have important regional differences. Read more about Coastal and Interior Glaciers Respond Differently to Changes in Climate

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Alaska Climate Science Center will share more than $130,000 with the Northwest CSC and North Pacific LCC for research to assist Native groups in planning for and adapting to climate change. Read more about Department of Interior Announces New 2013 Research Projects at the Alaska Climate Science Center

During 2013, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Arendt, A., S. Luthcke, A. Gardner, S. O'Neel, D. Hill, G. Moholdt and W. Abdalati, 2013. Analysis of a GRACE global mascon solution for Gulf of Alaska glaciers, 59(217), 913-924. doi: 10.3189/2013JoG12J197 Read more about 2013 Publications from AK CSC Researchers

A river in Noatak National Preserve (Photo: NPS).

The Water and Environmental Research Center and the Alaska Climate Science Center are seeking proposals for water research in Alaska. Read more about Call for Proposals: Water Resource Research in Alaska

The inaugural edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) annual report was recent published online.

The full report can be downloaded on the USGS website. Read more about The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Annual Report for 2012

Mark Chilcote and Maio Nishkian study salmon on the Chugach National Forest in Southcentral Alaska.

Maio Nishkian, a University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate and new Alaska Climate Science Center student is working with biology professor, Douglas Causey to study salmon in the Portage Valley of the Chugach National Forest. Causey approached the Forest Service, asking about research needs in the popular recreation area. His class of 35 students has been participating in the study, which involves catching juvenile salmon. The class has already discovered that juvenile King Salmon use this area, which was unknown before this study. Read more about AK CSC Fellow Studies Salmon in the Chugach National Forest

RadarSat1 view of the Delta during a normal high tide and during a storm surge event.

Last Friday, September 13th, Senator Mark Begich held a hearing in Anchorage, Alaska on "Extreme Weather in Alaska: State and Federal Response to Imminent Disasters in the Arctic." The hearing featured testimony by Dr. Thomas Ravens from the University of Alaska Anchorage, whose work is funded by the Western Alaska LCC and the Alaska Climate Science Center. Dr. Ravens discussed his research, which is aimed at understanding and predicting the impacts of coastal storms under the influence of a changing climate. Read more about Western Alaska LCC and AK CSC Project Featured in Senate Testimony

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) on Wednesday, September 4 to discuss the CSCs role in working with partners to support resource management, planning and adaptation in the face of regional climate change. The AK CSC will discuss their Gulf of Alaska Glacier's project and their other collaborations with researchers from a wide range of state and federal agencies. Read more about Interior Secretary to Visit Alaska Climate Science Center

During 2011-2012, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced several publications:

Bartholomaus, T. C., C. F. Larsen, S. O'Neel, and M. E. West, 2012. Calving seismicity from iceberg-sea surface interactions, J. Geophys. Res. F Earth Surf., 117(4). doi:10.1029/2012JF002513 Read more about 2011-2012 Publications from AK CSC Researchers

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Upcoming Webinar!

Join the next National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center's webinar, "Ungulates and Climate Change: an Examination of the Potential Impacts".

New Publication

From Icefield to Ocean describes current understandings of the interconnected icefield to ocean system dominant in southeast and southcentral Alaska.

New Study by AK CSC Researchers

A new study by AK CSC researchers shows that as glaciers change, future runoff patterns may have important regional differences. Glacier runoff made significant and increasing contributions to the total runoff in Interior Alaska, but streamflow was influenced less on the coast.

New Research Projects Announced

The Alaska Climate Science Center will share more than $130,000 with the Northwest CSC and North Pacific LCC for two research projects to assist Native groups in planning for and adapting to climate change.

AK CSC Annual Report

2012-2013 was a year of continued growth for the AK CSC. Read about the highlighted programs, people, and activities in our Annual Reports Highlights!

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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 recently sat down for a short conversation with David McGuire, the Principal Investigator of the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) project and Amy Breen, a project manager and research professor affiliated with the IEM project. We talked about the IEM project, its goals, and significance for studying and managing climate change in Alaska and Northwest Canada.

 

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Upcoming Events

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:00 to 11:00

Join the next National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center's webinar series!

Date: Thursday, May 15

Time: 10:00 AM Alaska Standard Time (11 AM PST, 12 PM MST, 1 PM CST, 2 PM EST)

Presenter: Matthew Kauffman, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Title: Ungulates and Climate Change: an Examination of the Potential Impacts

Description:

The influence of climate change on migratory ungulates of the Rocky Mountains remains uncertain. As climate change leads to advancing phenology, trophic mismatches can occur when migratory individuals arrive on summer range behind the optimal phenological stage of their food resources. In addition, warming during spring and summer can reduce the temporal availability of high quality forage. *In this talk, Dr. Kauffman will discuss the potential influence of climate change on ungulates via three case studies involving migratory moose, mule deer, and elk in Wyoming.* In moose, he will describe factors that influence the timing of spring migration for GPS-collared individuals, results which strongly influence the likelihood of trophic mismatches in this species. In mule deer, he will describe how migrating animals make use of stopover sites to stay in pace with plant phenology as it advances from low elevation winter ranges to high elevation summer ranges. In the elk study, he will describe changes in climate and plant phenology in northwest Wyoming over the last 20 years that appear to be influencing pregnancy and calf recruitment of migrants, but not residents. Finally, Dr. Kauffman will discuss some recent work that connects recent regional warming to regional declines in moose calf production in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.

Registration:

Participation is free, but you must pre-register for this webinar here. Learn more about the webinar and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at their website.

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