We are thrilled that new UAF students recently joined our AAOKH team this summer and fall! Welcome and quyana/quyanaq to Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley and Kim Kivvaq Pikok!!

Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley is a new Master’s student in Fisheries at UAF. She is Yup’ik from Bethel. Growing up on the Kuskokwim River, she says “salmon have always been a very important part of my life, which is partly why I’ve chosen to study salmon during my MS program.”
Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok is a senior at UAF studying Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She loves to spend time at her family’s cabin up in
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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.

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.

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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.

Click here for more details on how to join by phone or computer. A full recording should be available by checking back at the link at a later date. Read full story

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’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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