Focus Areas

Drilling Deep: Knowledge Co-Production in Contested Spaces

This study evaluates the Baseline Studies Program, an organization that was created based on a collaborative research agreement between the North Slope Borough of Alaska and Shell to improve information collection and management of issues associated with the potential impacts of oil and gas development on marine ecosystems and coastal communities dependent subsistence resources for their livelihoods. 

Analog Forecasting of Arctic Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice has declined dramatically during the last few decades. Estimating the maximum and minimum sea ice extent, before it occurs, is a important tool for developing and implementing near-term public policy.

Tribal Climate Adaptation Planning in Nome

The Nome Eskimo Community (NEC), in collaboration with ACCAP, will develop a climate adaptation plan for the tribal organizations located in the Nome Census area. This includes tribal members of NEC, Native Village of Solomon, Native Village of Council, and King Island Native Community.

Permafrost Forecasting: 2015 Stakeholder Listening Session & other related resources

The ability to make predictions on permafrost activity (freeze, thaw, date and depth) is improving, especially on a seasonal scale. National Weather Service and the research community gathered stakeholder and community input about what potential forecast information is most useful and needed by stakeholders for the decisions they are making.

Alaska Policy & Climate Adaptation Webinar Series

Water Policy Consulting, LLC, ACCAP, and tribal environmental and climate change professionals throughout the country, together, are offering the Winter 2015-16 Policy & Climate Adaptation Mitigation and Planning for Alaska Natives webinar series. The series will demonstrate how Native Villages and other communities in Alaska can apply state, federal and tribal policies to address climate change impacts on water and subsistence resources through water resource management and protection, land and water rights, sovereignty and other resiliency and mitigation strategies.

National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefings

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. Rick Thoman (Climate Science and Services Manager, Environmental and Scientific Services Division, National Weather Service Alaska Region) will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review forecast tools and finish up with the Climate Prediction Center's outlook for the upcoming season. 

Rick will also present a "Feature-of-the-Month" special addition in which he'll highlight a topic relevant to the particular month.

Project Report: Current Coastal Change Projects and Priority Information Needs in Western Alaska

Publication Date: 
June 2015

The report documents the project landscape for communities facing change, decision-makers navigating change, researchers pursuing projects, as well as funding agencies trying to prioritize where to allocate resources. The goal of this effort is to help the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (WALCC) meet its mission of coordinating, developing, and disseminating applied science to inform conservation in the context of climate change.


Suggested Citation: Brown, Casey L., Corrie Knapp, and Sarah F. Trainor. Current Coastal Change Projects and Priority Information Needs in Western Alaska. Final Project Report. Fairbanks, AK.

Project Report: Current Coastal Change Research/Management Projects and Priority Information Needs in from Cook Inlet through Southeastern Alaska

Publication Date: 
December 2016

 This report provides a synthesis of current research and management studies in the Alaska portion of the NPLCC that may (1) help to foster better coordination about coastal change in the NPLCC, (2) help practitioners and scholars learn from one another, and (3) identify information gaps that need to be addressed.


Suggested Citation: Swanson, Michaela M. and Sarah F. Trainor. Current Coastal Change Projects and Priority Information Needs from Cook Inlet through Southeastern Alaska. Final Project Report. Fairbanks, AK. 

Human Adaptation to Climate Change in Alaska: Overview and Recommendations for Future Research and Assessment. Technical Report #16-1

Publication Date: 
May 2017

The magnitude of climate warming in Alaska and the Arctic has been more than twice the global average, and related terrestrial and marine impacts are well established. As such, there is a need for climate adaptation as well as a need for research that directly informs adaptation practice. We report results of a pilot assessment of climate change adaptation across a range of natural resource dependent sectors in Alaska and provide recommendations for conducting climate adaptation research and assessment in Alaska. Sectors addressed include forestry/wildfire, coastal vulnerability, Native subsistence food harvest, commercial fishing, the oil and gas industry, shipping and maritime transport, and terrestrial infrastructure. Planning, research, and monitoring occur at a broad range of scales from international to local, however adaptation actions occur largely at a local scale with a few instances of state and regional scale action. Adaptation actions are analyzed according to Pelling’s (2010) classification of purposeful/ incidental, planned/ spontaneous and proactive/reactive revealing intermediary categories, further analysis of which has the potential to provide useful insights for adaptation research and action. Multi- and cross-sector research and assessment is also important in the region due to cumulative and cascading climate impacts.

Keywords: adaptation; Alaska; Arctic; assessment; climate change; multiple sectors; planning; coping; disaster risk management; boundary organizations

Recommended Citation:  Trainor, S. F., Walsh, J. E., Gamble, J. B. (2017). Human Adaptation to Climate Change in Alaska: Overview and Recommendations for Future Research and Assessment. Technical Report #16-1. International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

What's New - Updated 9/20/14

Publication Date: 
September 2014

What's new at ACCAP?

  • New webinar series and partnership with the National Weather Service - Monthly Alaska Climate Forecast Briefings
  • ACCAP launched the redesigned Climate and Weather Highlights tool at the end of July 2013



ACCAP Annual Report 2014

Publication Date: 
June 2014

The 2014 annual report to the NOAA Climate Program Office, Climate Societal Interactions, Regional Integrated Science and Assessment, covers the performance of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy for the period June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2013.

Atmospheric Circulation Patterns Associated with Extreme Events in Alaska

Publication Date: 
August 2013

A poster presented by John Walsh and Peter Bieniek presented at the CLIVAR Workshop on Analyses, Dynamics, and Modeling of Large Scale Meteorological Patterns Associated with Extreme Temperature and Precipitation Events, Aug. 20 - 22, 2013, Berkeley, CA.

ACCAP In-Person Steering Committee Meeting 2013: Climate Divisions in Alaska - Analysis of Trends and Variations, 1920-2012

Publication Date: 
June 2013

John Walsh presents the work that has been done on climate divisions in Alaska: analysis of trends and variations, 1920-2012 at the ACCAP in-person steering commitee meeting, June 7, 2013.

Presentation by Hajo Eicken: Leveraging research and future funding opportunities

This presentation was given during the Snow, Ice and Permafrost Hazards in Alaska: Research needs and opportunities workshop in June 2011.