Community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska's Arctic

Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub

Providing northern Alaska coastal communities with the tools, resources, and scientific and administrative support to share their expertise through community-based observations and the joint development of a knowledge resource on cryosphere change.


"I started noticing small changes over the years, freeze up coming later, the fish are coming at the wrong time, the time that we go to our fishing cabins is later."

— Willard Neakok —


"Ice is important for Ugruk [walrus] hunting. The ice was a lot thinner this past year, so it is necessary to hunt earlier and earlier."

— Noah Naylor —


"There are different migration patterns ... walrus came in the later part of May, which was very unusual. We are getting used to the frequent changes."

— Austin Ahmasuk —


"We have to be resilient to adjust to changes that we are seeing throughout the year. We have to change our lifestyle so that we can be sustainable for the whole year."

— Harry Brower —