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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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
AAOKH’s home department at University of Alaska Fairbanks, the International Arctic Research Center, recently led a publication called Alaska’s Changing Environment which synthesizes recent shifts in temperature, sea ice, fish and wildlife, oceans, glaciers, permafrost – and more – across Alaska based on local observations & scientific data. AAOKH observations contribute to a full page description of rural observations across the state of Alaska. Check it out here: Alaska’s Changing Environment publication! Read full story
Roberta Tuurraq Glenn, a new graduate student at UAF whose project is supported by AAOKH, is in Wainwright today and tomorrow! Roberta is visiting with her advisor Jacquelyn Overbeck who manages the State of Alaska Coastal Hazards Program to introduce herself and an erosion monitoring project idea in person, and to listen to feedback about whether this is something in which the community might be interested in participating. Learn more from this Flyer!
The ice trail mapping in Utqiagvik has begun for Spring 2019. The attached image shows the locations for trails and crew locations as of 16 April 2019 and ice thickness measurements will begin soon. Read full story
Billy Adams recently recorded an “ice breakout” event offshore of Utqiagvik. The landfast sea ice in front of town detached with the recent warm temperatures and winds, which is quite unusual for February.
This event has big implications for safe travel, hunting, wildlife management, etc. Billy’s photos are below.
AAOKH Research Coordinator Josh Jones is at the 2018 meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week to present information about how we’re supporting northern Alaska coastal communities as they share local observations of change. Stop by his poster tomorrow morning, 14 December, at #782 and see a preview here!
Thanks also to our contributors and co-authors: Donna Hauser, Olivia Lee, Hajo Eicken, Matt Druckenmiller, Heather McFarland, Billy Adams, Steven Patkotak, and Joe Leavitt.