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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.

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.

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

Staff and collaborators from the DOI/USGS Climate Science Centers (CSCs) hosted a special session on supporting resource management in the face of climate change during the recent Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, held August 4-9 in Minneapolis, MN. The “town hall” style panel introduced participants to CSCs mission and their role in applying climate-impacts research to support adaptation and decision making. The panel was composed of leaders from the CSCs and members of the various university consortiums, while also featuring strong audience participation.

Researchers affiliated with the DOI Climate Science Centers are sponsoring a session titled, “Glacier Change: Implications for Hydrology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology and Oceanography” (session # GC018) at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on December 9-13, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

The Alaska Climate Science Center, working in partnership with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, will fund an innovative tribal project aimed at understanding climate change impacts on subsistence foods, and how seven tribes in the Chugach region of Alaska can adapt to these changes.

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC), Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) have formed a new partnership aimed at better understanding and adapting to the impacts of climate change on resources of cultural and/or subsistence significance. This partnership centers on funding opportunities that allow Tribal entities, First Nations, and closely affiliated partners to identify viable, real-world responses to climate change, while also recognizing the sensitive nature of many resources.

Jeremy Littell, Lead Research Scientist for the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC), has been named Editor of 

A new website, the Early Career Climate Forum, was recently launched to facilitate collaboration and networking among early career scientists, managers, and others working at the science-management interface on climate change issues. The Early Career Climate Forum grew out of a summer workshop, the Northwest Climate Science Bootcamp, sponsored by the Northwest Climate Science Center. The website provides a space for users to explore new ideas, share research and project findings, and improve climate change communication.

Funding opportunities were recently announced from the eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CSC science priorities. Eligible applicants are principal investigators from the USGS, CSCs, or university consortium partners of the CSCs. Other interested parties (federal, tribal, state, and others) are encouraged to collaborate with eligible applicants.

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