The last reporting period for the AK CSC (2015) saw Alaska set a new record for its warmest year ever, surpassing even the previous record warmth of 2014. This warm trend continued into 2016 — with this year ultimately besting the short-lived 2015 record. These 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.
In this issue, you’ll learn about our continued efforts to provide downscaled climate information and products as well as new applications of the Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Model. These keystone research activities now support scientific efforts throughout Alaska, and inform decision making at local, regional, and international levels. Producing actionable science in a region that is warming so rapidly is critical for improving understanding of the links between climate and the ecosystems that define Alaska, as well as for making informed decisions about the natural resources that those landscapes provide.
We continue to focus on training a new generation of scientists through our Fellows Program. These early career scientists are tackling challenging scientific issues and developing the leadership skills required to effectively manage our natural resources in an ever more complex social-ecological context. Here, we highlight some of their recent activities. We hope you enjoy learning more about the AK CSC. We encourage you to visit us online or contact us directly to further discuss our research, education, and outreach activities.