Winter 2020 AAOKH Newsletter published online and in the mail!

We’re excited to share the latest edition of the AAOKH newsletter, which should also soon be arriving in the mailboxes of AAOKH communities!

Learn more about summer-fall observations and environmental conditions, new student and staff additions to our team, perspectives from our observers, and other great features.

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“The environment is changing and our people are intimately familiar with that change” – Roberta Tuurraq Glenn and Rick Thoman share their perspectives with ABC News

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” – Tikiġaq observer Guy Omnik shares his perspective with Native America Calling

“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

AAOKH highlighted as the “Feature of the month” during 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.

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AAOKH on KOTZ radio

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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