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

 

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.

AK CSC affiliates David McGuire and Vladamir Romanovsky took part in this project that has created a new permafrost map for regions worldwide. The map displays areas that are vulnerable to permafrost thaw, otherwise known as thermokarst. Researchers pursued this project in order to help esitmate landscape changes and carbon release due to a warming climate. 

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.

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AK CSC welcomes Gabriel Wolken through new partnership

Wolken’s joint appointment marks the beginning of a partnership between CCHP and AK CSC that will further advance shared objectives through co-production on key issues that are high priority for Alaska.

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. 

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Upcoming Events

Location: 
Anchorage, AK
Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 4, 2017 (All day)

The15th annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) will bring together climate researchers, information producers, and users to share developments in the research and applications of climate predictions for societal decision-making.

For more information and to register, please visit the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

Location: 
IARC 501
Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm AKDT

AK CSC Fellow Abraham Endalamaw will have his thesis defense on Monday, May 1st titled "Improved Mesoscale Hydrologic Modeling of the Interior Alaska Boreal Forest Ecosystem".

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