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.

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.

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.

May 2017 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Rick Thoman, National Weather Service

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM AKDT
Speaking: 
Rick Thoman, National Weather Service
Rick will present a "Feature-of-the-Month" special addition, review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools & finish up the CPC's forecast for June & the summer season.

April 2017 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefings

Rick Thoman, National Weather Service

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM AKDT
Speaking: 
Rick Thoman, National Weather Service
Rick will present a "Feature-of-the-Month" special addition in which each month he will highlight a topic relevant to the particular month, review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the CPC forecast.

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.

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.

Historical Sea Ice Atlas For Alaska Waters

John Walsh, Chief Scientist, International Arctic Research Center (IARC), University of Alaska Fairbanks & Lena Krutikov, Climate Science Analyst, Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM AKST
Speaking: 
John Walsh, Chief Scientist, International Arctic Research Center (IARC), University of Alaska Fairbanks & Lena Krutikov, Climate Science Analyst, Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP)
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.