Roberta Glenn

“The environment is changing and our people are intimately familiar with that change, our livelihoods depend on being able to navigate these changes every day. And that’s what we do and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Roberta Tuurraq Glenn shared in a recent interview with ABC News.

AAOKH-affiliated UAF graduate student and Roberta Tuurraq Glenn and climatologist Rick Thoman helped turn a spotlight on Arctic sea ice loss and implications for Alaska’s coastal communities in this recent ABC News video and full online story.

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“Global warming is happening. It is affecting different villages in different ways”
“Our ice takes longer to form… [and] disappears faster…ice is not as thick…[these changes] impact our whaling, our hunting…more animal migrations are coming earlier and earlier.”

“I also collect observation data [with AAOKH]…this is an important tool we can use for the future.”


Taikuu Guy Omnik (AAOKH Observer from Tikiġaq/Point Hope) for sharing these and other on-the-ground observations and perspectives on Alaska’s changing environment on yesterday’s Native America Calling radio show, along with other guests Vera Metcalf from the Eskimo Walrus Commission and Walt Meier from the National Read full story

We are working hard to keep Utqiaġvik satellite imagery updated at this slideshow website. We will post the latest AAOKH observations, MODIS and SAR imagery as well as comparisons of ice cover to previous years. Trails are being mapped, and will be added – note trails may change or be incomplete as the season changes.

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Alaska Arctic communities are the “first responders” to experience and detect changes in the environment given their deep connections to place and integral reliance on traditional resources. Here’s how we are working together to track changes: a story we provided to ARCUS for the Witness Community Highlights series.

Quyanaqpak and Taikuu to our authors: Donna D.W. Hauser (UAF); Joshua Jones (UAF); Robert (Bobby) Puya Schaeffer, AAOKH Observer, Kotzebue, Alaska; Billy Adams, AAOKH Observer, Utqiaġvik, Alaska; Matthew L. Druckenmiller (University of Colorado Boulder); Roberta Tuurraq Glenn (graduate student in Geography at UAF); Elena Bautista Sparrow (UAF); and Hajo Eicken (UAF). Read full story

AAOKH’s Bobby Schaeffer, Noah Naylor, Josh Jones, and Donna Hauser talked to KOTZ last week. Bobby Schaeffer described the changes he’s seen on the ice of Kotzebue Sound. “We have to be prepared for this. We have to evolve. We have no choice. It’s not going to change; it’s going to get worse.”

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Check out our latest installment of AAOKH News online, right here! This e-newsletter is an electronic version of the paper newsletter that will be sent in the coming weeks to mailbox holders in Wales, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Utqiaġvik, and Kaktovik. AAOKH News is intended to improve visibility, further engage community members, and highlight recent activities and updates.
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