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

 

Location: 
Online
Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 01:00pm AKST

As part of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Webinar Series, the AK CSC EcoDrought Webinar will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Modeling hydrological processes in the Alaskan sub-arctic is challenging because of the extreme spatial heterogeneity in soil properties and vegetation communities. However, modeling and predicting hydrological processes is critical in this region due to its vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Coarse spatial resolution datasets used in land surface modeling poised a new challenge in simulating the spatially distributed and basin integrated processes since these datasets do not adequately represent the small-scale hydrologic, thermal and ecological heterogeneity.

Alaska Climate Science Center’s (AK CSC) graduate fellow Joanna Young along with seventy-five other women were given the opportunity to travel where very few have on the three-week Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica. 

“The trip itself was just stunning,” explains Young. “It’s an incredibly remote, isolated, and beautiful landscape.” 

Antarctica may seem desolate, but Young was surprised to witness so much life. 

Location: 
Anchorage, AK
Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 (All day) to Friday, February 10, 2017 (All day)

The 2017 Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE) is a week long statewide conference of environmental professionals that get together to discuss environmental issues and challenges. The conference allows for a variety of government agencies, buisnesses, researchers, and community leaders to network, present recent projects, and discuss issues that pertain to Alaska. The conference is held in Anchorage, AK at the Dena'ina Center.

AK CSC researchers Scott Rupp, Uma Bhatt, Peter Bieniek, John Walsh, and Rick Lader contributed to a new report that found climate change has increased the probabilty of more extreme wildfires in Alaska.

The report identified climate change as the main factor for increasing the probablity of extreme weather events that occurred in 2015, such as droughts, flooding, fires, and abnormally high temperatures.

The report concludes that climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme wildfires for the present seasons in Alaska by 34-60 percent. 

The Inspiring Girls Expeditions is now accepting applications for their expeditions in the summer of 2017. This program is designed to allow girls ages 16 to 17 to learn about climate change, mountaineering, and to build confidence.

There will be three free expeditions, which include Girls on Ice Alaska sponsored by AK CSC, Girls on Ice Cascades, and Girls in Icy Fjords:

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.

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Quarterly Climate Report for Alaska and Northwestern Canada Released

The report discusses weather and climate highlights and impacts in Alaska and northwestern Canada during the months of December 2016 to February 2017.

AK CSC Fellow travels to Antarctica to discover leadership, inspiration, and relentless optimism

“The trip itself was just stunning,” explains Young. “It’s an incredibly remote, isolated, and beautiful landscape.” 

AK CSC Scientists look to the past to predict the future of Alaska’s climate

AK CSC’s Peter Bieniek and John Walsh have discovered a key trend in Alaska’s climate extremes that will help Alaska better adapt to these conditions. 

2016 Alaska Climate Science Center Annual Report

Climatic changes and their impacts provided a dramatic backdrop for a time in which the AK CSC demonstrated its maturation with several significant outcomes and milestones accomplished. 

Inspiring Girls Expeditions seeks applications for free science and wilderness expeditions for girls

This program is designed to allow girls ages 16 to 17 to learn about climate change, mountaineering, and to build confidence.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Location: 
Unalaska, Alaska
Date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day)

The 10th Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum (WAISC) is set for April 26-29, 2017 at the Grand Aleutian in Unalaska, Alaska. This year's theme will be "Western Alaska: Islands in Change". Registration for this event is now open. Abstracts must be submitted by February 24, 2017. For more information and to register, please visit WAISC.  

Location: 
Kodiak, Alaska
Date: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (All day) to Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day)

The 2017 Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium allows for marine science researchers to collaborate and inform the community. This event gives stakeholders the oppurtunity to better understand local marine ecosystems and to gain insight into the current marine research being conducted in the Kodiak area.

Currently, organizers are seeking abstract submissions from researchers focusing on marine science topics in Kodiak. The submission deadline for abstracts is February 10, 2017. 

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