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

 

“It’s going to be a bad fire day,” said Dr. Scott Rupp, university director of the Interior Department’s Alaska Climate Science Center and a fire ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as he looked out the window at the thick layer of smoke blanketing the city of Fairbanks.

A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes, say scientists in a paper published in Nature today.

A new report produced by members of the Integrated Ecosystem Model research team describes the progress of the IEM project between January 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.

Videos of presentations from the Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada Conference are now available

Is it going to be a busy fire season, or will it be wet in Alaska this summer? New geographic climate divisions for Alaska can help answer these questions.

Frozen bodies of ice cover nearly 10 percent of the state of Alaska, but the influence of glaciers on the environment, tourism, fisheries, hydropower, and other important Alaska resources is rarely discussed.

But a new article published this week in the journal BioScience has started the conversation.

During 2015, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Hood, E, Battin, TJ, Fellman, J, O’Neel, S, and Spencer, RGM. 2015. Storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers and ice sheets. Nature Geoscience. 8: 91–96. doi:10.1038/ngeo2331

During 2014, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Bennett, KE and Walsh, JE. 2014. Spatial and temporal changes in indices of extreme precipitation and temperature for Alaska. International Journal of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.4067   

Kristin Timm, a designer with the Interior Department's Alaska Climate Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, is among 10 designers who were recently recognized internationally for excellence in science communication.

Cosponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation, the Visualization Challenge competition — the Vizzies — recognizes some of the best scientific photos, videos, posters and illustrations produced each year.

Melting glaciers are not just impacting sea level, they are also affecting the flow of organic carbon to the world’s oceans, according to new research that provides the first ever global-scale estimates for the storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers.

The research, published in the Jan. 19 issue of Nature Geoscience, is crucial to better understand the role glaciers play in the global carbon cycle, especially as climate warming continues to reduce glacier ice stores and release ice-locked organic carbon into downstream freshwater and marine ecosystems.

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The report highlights signficant changes and record breaking temperatures in the Arctic and Alaska.

Awarded cooperative agreement continues partnership that advances climate adaptation research in Alaska

The UAF was awarded a new 5-year cooperative agreement to host the Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC) through 2022.

AK CSC Alumna Accepts Postdoctoral Position at Tufts University

Katia's research has focused on mitigating and adjusting to the risks that natural disasters pose to Arctic and Subarctic communities.

Leadership Workshop for Early Career Women in Science

Join us August 24-25 for this AK CSC sponsored workshop that will combine expertise of women in leadership and elements from Homeward Bound, a unique 3-week leadership program. 

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 for Alaska.

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