Focus Areas

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.

Historical Sea Ice Atlas for Alaska Waters

This atlas is the first ever consolidated, digitized, historical record of sea ice concentrations in coastal and offshore waters of Alaska, spanning the time period from the 1850s through present.

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.

Historical Sea Ice Atlas For Alaska Waters Fact Sheet

Publication Date: 
January 2014

Coastal communities, marine navigation, industry (fishing, tourism, offshore resource extraction), the military, and Earth/Arctic system science research have all expressed a clear need for an Alaska sea ice atlas. Indeed, many requests for historical and climatological sea ice information for Alaska coastal waters presently go unanswered because such an atlas does not exist.
The availability of GIS software, in-house expertise and historical databases extending back to the 1850s makes the construction of an Alaska sea ice atlas timely and feasible. The atlas consists of digitally-stored sea ice concentration data on a grid covering all Alaska coastal waters to a distance of ~500 km (300 mi) from shore, with a spatial resolution of 25 km. The time resolution is monthly for the period 1850s-1950s, and weekly for the period from the early 1950s to 2010 with the allowance of subsequent updates.
The Historical Sea Ice Atlas is a joint project by International Arctic Research Center’s research units, ACCAP and SNAP, funded by the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS).

Sea Ice Extent: Issue 02 (Summer 2013)

Publication Date: 
August 2013

Update from NOAA's Sea Ice Forecasting Team
Summer is always a busy time in the Arctic! See what's happening at NOAA in this edition of the Sea Ice Extent with weather (image of the strongest Arctic cyclone of the season, so far -left); sea ice extent minimum predictions (including NOAA participants); NSIDC's update on new baseline & description of sea ice products; preliminary results from AOOS's survey on sea ice data stakeholders and the services they use; NOAA's Alaska RISA Sea Ice Atlas update ... and more! 

Review of Sea-Ice & Related Climate Information Resources for Alaska's Arctic Coastal Communities: A Manual for Accessing & Using Online Information

Publication Date: 
August 2010

This manual is the product of a 2008 Sea Ice Information Workshop sponsored by ACCAP, the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network, and the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium. Workshop participants from the North Slope Borough Planning Department and Department of Wildlife Management, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (Barrow, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Savoonga, Wales), Alaska Clean Seas, faculty from Ilisagvik Tribal College, and Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation provided valuable feedback to help shape the contents of the manual, which was written by Matthew Druckenmiller for ACCAP.

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.

List of Online Sea Ice Resources

List of online resources related to sea ice, from ACCAP's 2008 Sea Ice Workshop for Accessing and Using Online Information.