Sep 10 2014

Understanding Climate Change Impacts in the Aleutian Islands

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.

The primary focus of this session will be on hearing from local residents about changes in the environment that they have observed, and information needs within Aleutian Island communities. This event is also part of the Aleutians and Bering Climate Vulnerability Assessment (ABCVA) that convened a team of 30 top researchers to evaluate the vulnerability of natural resources and communities to climate change. During this meeting we will share preliminary findings based on the ABVCA team's work, and hear from team leader Dr. Nick Bond (University of Washington) on critical aspects of recent and future climate change in the region.

The partners involved in the project hope that this will be the start of an ongoing, sustained dialogue on climate change and adaptation efforts within Aleutian and Bering Sea communities. In turn, we are also planning a session on St. Paul Island as part of Bering Sea Days, and we welcome input on other opportunities to engage with residents from throughout the region. Please follow this link for more information about the ABCVA assessment work or contact Aaron Poe at: aaron_poe [at] fws [dot] gov or 907-786-3834 for more information about this project.