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
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.
Read it online here!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
“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.
Quyanaqpak Roberta and Rick! Read full story
“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
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
We are excited to share our latest newsletter! This Spring 2020 edition features key observations and shares first hand experiences from AAOKH observers about how this winter compared to past winters. Don’t miss the new visualization of AAOKH activities to see how all the pieces fit together to better understand the changing seasonal cycle in the Arctic and impacts to the Indigenous way of life.
This newsletter also addresses how coronavirus may impact AAOKH activities and introduces a new AAOKH project testing various camera systems to study ice seals.
The newsletter will soon be arriving in mailboxes in AAOKH communities, 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