Dates: October 2009—September 2010
The goals of this project are to review and synthesize existing knowledge, provide a baseline and scenarios of change, and identify data gaps and uncertainties related to climate change effects of forested areas in Alaska. A November 2009 stakeholder workshop provided an opportunity to engage with the core research team to identify what issues are most important to stakeholders and how we can address these issues to create a relevant and useful report. Participants included representatives from: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska State Division of Forestry, National Park Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, SEACC, Tanana Chiefs Conference, The Nature Conservancy, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U. S. Forest Service, U. S. Geological Survey, and University of Alaska.
Workshop Materials (PDF):AgendaOverview of the project goals and methods (Teresa Hollingsworth)Overview of SNAP products and scenarios (Scott Rupp)Draft outline of project report (Scott Rupp and Teresa Hollingsworth)Breakout group instructions
Pacific Northwest Research Station This US Forest Service research station provides scientific information to land managers, policymakers, and citizens. Research information and decision support tools are available for fire research, climate change, invasive species, old-growth forests, planning applications, post-fire forest management and silvicultural experiments.
Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning Objective data for people who make policy, management, and economic decisions. Services and products include maps and projections of future conditions, objective interpretations of projected scenarios, including ramifications for management decisions, detailed explanations of the assumptions, models, and methods, and uncertainties associated with projections
US Fish and Wildlife Service invasive species program Alaska region invasive species reports and distribution maps.
Webinar Presentation: Changes to Permafrost in Alaska: Observations and Modeling, by Vladimir Romanovsky, University of Alaska Fairbanks. In this presentation, Dr. Romanovsky discusses possible effects of degrading permafrost in the Alaskan Arctic and Sub-Arctic on hydrology, ecosystems, infrastructure, and the carbon cycle. Listen to the webinar Podcast, view presentation/slides:Changes to permafrost in Alaska: observations and modeling.