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

 

During 2013, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced many new publications:

Arendt, A., S. Luthcke, A. Gardner, S. O'Neel, D. Hill, G. Moholdt and W. Abdalati, 2013. Analysis of a GRACE global mascon solution for Gulf of Alaska glaciers, 59(217), 913-924. doi: 10.3189/2013JoG12J197

The Water and Environmental Research Center and the Alaska Climate Science Center are seeking proposals for water research in Alaska.

The inaugural edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) annual report was recent published online.

The full report can be downloaded on the USGS website.

Maio Nishkian, a University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate and new Alaska Climate Science Center student is working with biology professor, Douglas Causey to study salmon in the Portage Valley of the Chugach National Forest. Causey approached the Forest Service, asking about research needs in the popular recreation area. His class of 35 students has been participating in the study, which involves catching juvenile salmon. The class has already discovered that juvenile King Salmon use this area, which was unknown before this study.

Last Friday, September 13th, Senator Mark Begich held a hearing in Anchorage, Alaska on "Extreme Weather in Alaska: State and Federal Response to Imminent Disasters in the Arctic." The hearing featured testimony by Dr. Thomas Ravens from the University of Alaska Anchorage, whose work is funded by the Western Alaska LCC and the Alaska Climate Science Center. Dr. Ravens discussed his research, which is aimed at understanding and predicting the impacts of coastal storms under the influence of a changing climate.

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) on Wednesday, September 4 to discuss the CSCs role in working with partners to support resource management, planning and adaptation in the face of regional climate change. The AK CSC will discuss their Gulf of Alaska Glacier's project and their other collaborations with researchers from a wide range of state and federal agencies.

During 2011-2012, Alaska Climate Science Center researchers across several disciplines have produced several publications:

Bartholomaus, T. C., C. F. Larsen, S. O'Neel, and M. E. West, 2012. Calving seismicity from iceberg-sea surface interactions, J. Geophys. Res. F Earth Surf., 117(4). doi:10.1029/2012JF002513

Staff and collaborators from the DOI/USGS Climate Science Centers (CSCs) hosted a special session on supporting resource management in the face of climate change during the recent Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, held August 4-9 in Minneapolis, MN. The “town hall” style panel introduced participants to CSCs mission and their role in applying climate-impacts research to support adaptation and decision making. The panel was composed of leaders from the CSCs and members of the various university consortiums, while also featuring strong audience participation.

Researchers affiliated with the DOI Climate Science Centers are sponsoring a session titled, “Glacier Change: Implications for Hydrology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology and Oceanography” (session # GC018) at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on December 9-13, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

The Alaska Climate Science Center, working in partnership with the Northwest Climate Science Center and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, will fund an innovative tribal project aimed at understanding climate change impacts on subsistence foods, and how seven tribes in the Chugach region of Alaska can adapt to these changes.

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Upcoming Events

Location: 
Online or in 407 IARC/Akasofu building
Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 01:00pm AKDT

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for October and the early winter season. Feel free to bring your lunch and join the gathering in person or online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

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