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.

Overview presentation about AAOKH observations.
Poster about long-term monitoring of whaling trails.

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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!

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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 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

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

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.
Please enjoy! Also let us know if you have any questions or feedback to improve our communications, suggestions for other recipients of the e-newsletter, or ideas for information you think would be a good addition to future newsletters.
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