A partnership for residents of Arctic Alaska coastal communities to share expertise and knowledge of changing coastal conditions

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Announcing Roberta Tuurraq Glenn as AAOKH’s Project Coordinator & Community Liaison

August 30, 2022

We have some exciting news to share with you! Please help us welcome Roberta Tuurraq Glenn to the Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) project in a new capacity as the first AAOKH Program Coordinator and Community Liaison. As you may recall, Roberta is a recent graduate of the UAF geoscience master’s program – one…

Explore our new StoryMap to learn about Arctic change from the perspective of AAOKH observers

August 5, 2022

Announcing the launch of a new online product sharing ‘Insights from Coastal Arctic Indigenous observers,’ expertly curated by Roberta Tuurraq Glenn as part of her M.S. degree at University of Alaska Fairbanks. As explained in the StoryMap: “Community-based observations from AAOKH observers offer insight into the impacts of rapid Arctic environmental change from a local…

Carla SimsKayotuk shared observations from Kaktovik:2/2 (photo 1): "Cold wind chill of -39. Clear and sunny. The lagoon and tundra is now rough with snow fingers. A lot of community members are in Barrow for Kivgiq." [enjoy the celebration!!]1/31 (photo 2): "Another windy blowing snow kind of day. Drifting the roads and super cold. It is -7, with 26 mph out of the east winds making it feel like -35. Lots of snow these past few weeks. No open leads to be seen. Caribou still hanging around and on the island."1/16 (photo 3): "Cold, foggy, whiteout, blowing snow kind of day. It has finally gotten calm enough for the operators to clear more of the roads up. Right now it feels like -28. Caribou have been hanging around close to the island for the last few weeks, today they were just about on the island." ... See MoreSee Less
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Participating Communities

AAOKH coordinates observations from Indigenous Knowledge holders across these communities. These observations provide a broad-scale view of changing coastal conditions and impacts on access to traditional marine resources.