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

 

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.

Research Will Provide Land and Wildlife Managers with Tools to Adapt to Climate Change

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center is awarding more than $500,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

Melting glaciers, shifting wildlife populations and warming stream temperatures are just a few of the critical natural resources that will be discussed at the Climate, Conservation, and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada conference being held Nov. 4-5 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska.

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.

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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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