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


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.

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.


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AK CSC program coordinator accepted into the Voices for Science Program

The participants in the program have access to science communication and outreach training as well as the support needed for outreach activities in their local community. 

Scientists monitor glacial lakes to prepare for outburst floods in Alaska

The volume of water stored behind the ice-dammed lake increases until the dam is breached, usually resulting in a catastrophic release of water that can flood downstream rivers.

New publication: Copper River regime change

New publication highlights the projected increase of Copper River discharge due to an increase in precipitation and glacial melt water.

Modeling in Climate Change Research

New video highlights the importance and relevance of computer modeling in making sense of climate change.

AK CSC Annual Report 2017

Read about some of the events, research activities, and accomplishments of the Alaska Climate Science Center during 2017!


Upcoming Events

Nome, Alaska
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:15am AKDT to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 10:15am AKDT

The annual Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC) brings together local and indigenous knowledge of subsistence-based communities and scientific research. The 2018 conference will focus on effectively communicating science and traditional knowledge within rural communities. 

Please visit the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference website for more information. 

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