Changing climate conditions and extreme weather events continue to impact Alaska. Coastal flooding cost millions in damage in the northwest region of the state, a dryer-than-normal November resulted in near-drought conditions for the southern Panhandle, and Bering Sea ice extents reached record lows. Juneau also reported its warmest recorded calendar month since 1941: July.
In 2018, the Alaska CASC continued to work with federal and state partners to help natural resource managers adapt to these changing conditions. The CASC launched five pilot projects over the past 12 months aimed at using actionable science to better inform resource managers throughout the state. These projects tackle current challenges ranging from changing wildfire dynamics to glacier-driven events. The Alaska CASC looks forward to continuing the research of these pilot programs into 2019.
Check out the Alaska CASC 2018 Annual Report, which highlights some of the activities that took place throughout the Alaska CASC last year.
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New Faces: The AK CASC welcomed Molly Tankersley, the new science communication specialist, and Rick Lader, who will be joining the 2018 streamflow modeling project as a fellow.
New Technology: A team from the AK CASC, with the help of the Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning group, developed a web-based tool which uses global climate data to make predictions about future climate in local areas. This tool was designed to help communities in Alaska and western Canada determine what types of changes in temperature and precipitation they might expect to see in their local regions.
Voices for Science: AK CASC Program Coordinator Jane Wolken was accepted into the inaugural American Geophysical Union Voices for Science Program. Wolken’s role will be in media and public communications outreach, training, and activities for local communities.
International Fellow: AK CASC scientist Gabriel Wolken was awarded an international fellowship with the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research to map avalanches and snow hazards in Alaska.
Expanding Communications: The AK CASC program “Ask a Scientist” was launched in an effort to better communicate Alaska’s climate change projections to people who might use the information in their own research. Interested persons can simply visit the climate questions page on the AK CASC website and fill out a special form to ask a climate scientist their question directly. In addition, AK CASC’s social media presence has grown as they have implemented an Instagram account to complement their existing Twitter and Facebook pages.
AK CASC Fellows Program: The AK CASC continued to support the development of the next generation of leaders in science through their fellows program. See the report to learn about Postdoctoral Fellow Christian Kienholz and his work monitoring outburst flood events in Suicide Basin.
AK CASC researchers published 38 peer-reviewed publications during Year 1 of the cooperative agreement. Find them here!