The latest AAOKH News is headed to mailbox holders in AAOKH communities – read it here first!
Learn more about:
- key observations over the past winter and spring
- participate in a survey about fish in your community to help Mik’aq Lindley’s graduate research about how fish are changing in northern coastal Alaska
- see a summary of recent weather and climate patterns
- check out a new tool to summarize observations
- hear more from Carla SimsKayotuk in Kaktovik in our Observer’s Corner
- hear the latest updates from our students (including big congrats to Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok!!)
- join the discussion about AAOKH’s future
This past weekend was graduation at UAF. Congratulations and Aarigaa to Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok on her graduation!!! Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Wildlife from UAF, and we have been so lucky to have her on our AAOKH team for the past year. We’re excited to have her continue to work with us as she transitions to a new graduate program at UAF. You’re a superstar, Kim, and we can’t wait to see all the great things you do next! Read full story
One of our goals at AAOKH is to create STEM opportunities for research and engagement for Alaska Native students, and our current AAOKH-affiliated students certainly make us proud! Check out these recent student-led scientific presentations.
Check out a copy of Roberta Turraaq Glenn’s recent presentation at Arctic Science Summit Week, where she was also a convener on a special session called ‘Use and Usability of Data and Information within Arctic Community-Driven Research.’ Kudos Roberta, and quyanaqpak for sharing your research!!
Roberta, Elizabeth Mik’aq Lindley, and Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok also co-created a poster about their AAOKH Read full story
The virtual Alaska Marine Science Symposium is happening online this week. Each day features panel discussions and keynote events broadcast live at their conference site and over social media, including facebook live.
Thursday’s focus is the Arctic region. Panel discussions on each day include Indigenous perspectives from the region or representation from Indigenous-led organizations. AAOKH is sharing two presentations at the conference: an overview pre-recorded presentation about our project and a poster summarizing the long-term whaling trail mapping near Utqiaġvik.
Full panel Read full story
AAOKH’s Joshua Jones leads the presentation of a virtual poster at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2020 Meeting, online Dec. 1-17.
This poster describes AAOKH’s ice trail mapping project, which involves co-observing sea ice at Utqiaġvik in collaboration with Matthew Druckenmiller at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, and Craig George at the North Slope Borough. The ice trail surveys improve safety of whalers & provide a record of local shorefast ice conditions.
The full poster, for those registered for the meeting, can be viewed here: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/765453 Read full story
We were thrilled to have a full room at our Alaska Forum on the Environment 2020 presentation! A copy of our presentation can be downloaded here (sorry the videos and animations don’t play in this version – contact us for copies).
It was a pleasure and privilege to share observations and information about AAOKH. Taikuu and quyanaqpak!! Graduate student Roberta Glenn made the room stop with her Iñupiaq introduction and then told us about her upcoming coastal erosion monitoring research, Kotzebue Observer Bobby Schaeffer made clear the “unheard of” ice and ocean conditions in his region during 2019, UAF climatologist Read full story
Are you going to the Alaska Forum on the Environment in Anchorage next week?
Please join us for a presentation and discussion about the Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub on Monday morning, 10:30 am, in Tikahtnu C at the Dena’ina Center.
Our presentation will feature an introduction to the project by Science Lead Donna Hauser, discussion of recent observations and participation in the program by Kotzebue and Utqiaġvik Observers Bobby Schaeffer and Billy Adams, overview of 2019 ice and ocean conditions by UAF climatologist Rick Thoman, introduction to our Education & Outreach program by Elena Bautista Sparrow, and a Read full story
Tomorrow Dec 3, at 10 am, join AAOKH Science Lead Donna Hauser, Sea Grant’s Gay Sheffield, and UAF’s Rick Thoman for a summary of 2019’s notable observations and conditions from the Bering and Chukchi Sea regions. Key observations and measurements by AAOKH observers will be featured in this webinar.
AAOKH will be highlighted as the “Feature of the month” on the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy’s Climate Outlook Webinar by Rick Thoman on Friday November 22 at Noon AKST. If you’d like to join the webinar, register at the link below. A pdf is also available from the ACCAP website that you can use to follow along just on the phone: https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1083313451/en/events/event/shared/1216630002/event_landing.html?sco-id=2351484621.
A recording of the presentation should also be available afterwards. Read full story
AAOKH will be presenting community-based observations of Arctic Change today at the Arctic Futures 2050 meeting, which has a goal to bring together “Arctic scientists, Indigenous Peoples, and policy makers jointly exploring the knowledge needed to inform decisions concerning the Arctic in coming decades.” Although it’s on East Coast time (4 hr earlier than AK), you can live stream or watch recordings of the sessions later at this link: https://www.searcharcticscience.org/…/conference-2019/stream. Read full story