Subsistence fishwheels populate the western shore of the Copper River near the town of Chitina. Mt. Blackburn, at 16,391 feet, looms in the distance. (UAF photo by Todd Paris)
Improving the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate
Climate change is already impacting seasons, landscapes and life in the North. These changes affect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Alaskans as well as the companies doing business in Alaska.
Assessing community needs and vulnerabilities is one way we partner with stakeholders to create realistic community plans and climate adaptation strategies across all of Alaska. We study marine resources and assess climate change-related impacts on water availability, sea ice, wildfire and Alaska Native culture.
Other work includes downscaling models as well as developing, testing, and evaluating research products and tools. ACCAP aims to establish partnerships among:
- Scientists and engineers
- State and local planners, policy-makers and governments
- Transportation, natural resource and land management agencies
- Native non-profit organizations and Alaska Native tribes
- Non-governmental organizations
- Anyone whose decision-making is influenced by climate-related events
ACCAP was established in 2006 with funding from the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACCAP is one of a group of Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs nationwide. RISA teams conduct interdisciplinary and regionally relevant research to inform resource management, planning and public policy, and to build the nation’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate change. NOAA supports 10 RISA teams through five-year cooperative agreement awards.