Focus Areas

Ocean Acidification Vulnerability Index (OAVI)

The overall goal of this project was to assess the potential risk of ocean acidification on marine resources within the state of Alaska, using the best available and most recent chemical, biological and socio-economic data.

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. 

Establishing a Targeted, Functional Storminess Indicator for the Alaska Region

Marine operators in Alaskan coastal waters and adjacent seas are sensitive to weather constraints. Among the stakeholder groups affected are commercial shippers (including barge operators), coastal communities, fishing vessel operators and the offshore oil and gas industry. There is a need for products that would enable “go/no-go” decisions over timescales of several days, as well as monthly to seasonal outlooks that would facilitate decisions related to scheduling and routing. This means that integrating data about wind speed, direction, and duration to create a novel metric that provides information integral to support the decision making process.

Current Coastal Change Research/Management Projects and Priority Information Needs in Cook Inlet and Southeastern Alaska.

The goal of this effort is to identify current coastal research and management projects taking place in this region. Once identified, we will synthesize the information into a report that documents the ‘project landscape’ for communities facing change, decision-makers navigating change, researchers pursuing projects, and agencies prioritizing where to allocate resources.

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.

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.

Center for Global Change Student Grant Competition

ACCAP (Walsh) served on the review team that reviewed for the 2015 Center for Global Change (CGC) student grant competition at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. CGC annually funds students through a variety of sources and funding agencies (federal and state) as well as University of Alaska general funds. ACCAP agreed to provide funding for two CGC student projects.  The two projects align with the greater ACCAP mission and foci. One project is focused on the subsistence halibut fishery in SE Alaska. It will assess long-term trends in subsistence halibut harvest and evaluate the mechanisms driving changes in harvest. The other project investigates the morphology of the Beaufort Sea coastline during the last interglacial period as a potential historical analog for predicted future sea level change. Those projects will begin in July of 2015 and continue through the 2015/2016 academic year.

2015 ACCAP Mini-Grant Projects

In the spring of 2015 ACCAP solicited proposals as part of a minigrant competition. Proposals were for salary support for one month of summer faculty support or three months of summer graduate student support. We funded a total of six projects which all began in May of 2015. Final project reports are due in September of 2015. The projects cover the full breadth of ACCAP foci and all have a significant stakeholder engagement component aimed at promoting use-inspired science.

Current Coastal Change Research/Management Projects and Priority Information Needs in Western Alaska

Research on coastal change in Western Alaska has increased rapidly in recent years, making it challenging to track existing projects, understand their cumulative insights, gauge remaining research gaps, and prioritize future research. 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.

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. 

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.

The dynamic controls on carbonate mineral saturation states in a glacially dominated estuary: Glacier Bay, Alaska (Poster)

Publication Date: 
September 2013

Stacey Reisdorph1 and Jeremy T. Mathis2

1University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 245 O’Neil Bldg., Fairbanks, AK 99775 USA

2NOAA – Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

This poster was presented at the U.S. Ocean Acidification (OA) Principal Investigators’ Meeting is organized by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Ocean Acidification Subcommittee held at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Center in Washington D.C. on September 18-20, 2013. The goal of this meeting was to bring the OA community together in order to discuss and assess the direction of OA research in the U.S. and to strengthen scientific collaboration among a wide range of related fields. The meeting included a number of plenary talks, panels and breakout discussions that look to explore current OA research and shortfalls, as well as poster sessions where current research was presented. 

Ocean Acidification Overview

Publication Date: 
September 2013

A short one page flyer with descriptions of current ACCAP projects related to Ocean Acidification.

Tongass National Forest Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Phase 1 Workshop Report

Publication Date: 
May 2012

Summarizes results from Phase I of a 3-phase effort to quantitatively assess how vulnerable Tongass resources may be to climate-related changes, given a range of future climate scenarios. Goals of phase I were to (1) develop accurate climate projections for the region, and (2) identify and prioritize key resources in the Tongass (salmon, hydropower, etc.) affected by climate change.