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


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.

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.


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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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