Focus Areas

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.

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.

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. 

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.

2018 National Climate Assessment (NCA): Overview, Alaska Chapter, and Public Feedback/Input for the 2018 Report

Carl Markon, Non-Federal lead, Alaska Chapter NCA4 & Fred Lipschultz, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM AKST
Speaking: 
Carl Markon, Non-Federal lead, Alaska Chapter NCA4 & Fred Lipschultz, U.S. Global Change Research Program
The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present some current topical areas will include, and seek public feedback.

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

Michaela Swanson, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM AKST
Speaking: 
Michaela Swanson, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Research on coastal change in the north pacific has increased rapidly in recent years, making it challenging to track existing projects, understand their cumulative insights, gauge remaining research gaps, and prioritize future work.

A Collaboration with Rural Alaskans: The Driftwood Harvest in a Changing Climate

Dr. Chas Jones, ORISE Post-doctoral Research Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Dr. Chas Jones, ORISE Post-doctoral Research Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency
This study examined flood events in the Yukon River with the goal of understanding how actual or perceived changes in driftwood availability are related to river hydrology and how future changes in hydrology may affect the driftwood harvest.

Bering Strait Shipping: Sea Ice, Economics, and Governance

Henry Huntington, Pew Charitable Trusts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM AKST
Speaking: 
Henry Huntington, Pew Charitable Trusts
Commercial vessel traffic through the Bering Strait is expected to increase. Henry Huntington will explore the role of reduced sea ice, the economics of shipping, & the potential for effective governance of maritime activity in the area.

A One Health Approach to Climate Change

Mike Brubaker, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Mike Brubaker, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The Alaska One Health Group was formed in early 2013, an initiative of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Center for Climate and Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Arctic Investigations Program.

Making progress on food security in the North American North: Building on 15 years of research

Dr. Phillip Loring, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Dr. Phillip Loring, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
In this presentation Dr. Loring reviews research on food security in general and as it has been executed in the North over the last 15 years.

Climate Change Adaptation for an At Risk Community – Shaktoolik Alaska

Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
U of Alaska Sea Grant agent Terry Johnson & consultant Glenn Gray worked with the community over a two-year period to develop an adaptation plan. Johnson explains how the plan was developed & how reality differs from theory in climate adaptation planning.

What We Know About Walrus and Sea Ice: the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) Project

Gary Hufford, National Weather Service, Alaska Region

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Gary Hufford, National Weather Service, Alaska Region
This webinar discusses what we have learned about walrus distribution and habitat from a blend of western science and traditional knowledge, how this information provides the foundation for creating SIWO, and how you can contribute to the outlook.

Salmon Stream Temperatures: Past, Present and Future

Sue Mauger, Cook Inletkeeper

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Sue Mauger, Cook Inletkeeper
This webinar discusses the Temperature Network, a multi-year regional monitoring program designed to capture annual variation which will play an important role in identifying the most temperature-sensitive salmon streams in Cook Inlet.