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Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub: Community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska's Arctic

AAOKH observations added to new publication: Alaska’s Changing Environment

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 visits Wainwright

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!

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AAOKH joins the BARC Science Fair in Utqiaġvik, July 17-19, 2019

The BARC Science Fair starts today in Utqiaġvik! Registration for youth starts at 1:30. Activities start at 2, with a BBQ taking place at 4:30. Science presentations begin at 6pm. These activities will take place today, tomorrow, and Friday. AAOKH researchers, Roberta Tuuraq Glenn and Josh Jones, will be at the BARC Science Fair in the Friday session to fly kite cameras with the youth and present AAOKH and other research in the evening. We hope to see you there!
The parental consent form says 3rd grade and older, or 2nd grade and younger need to have a parent present.
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Utqiagvik trail mapping 2019

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

Ice breakout event at Utqiagvik

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.

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New AAOKH poster presentation

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.

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Launch of new observation and data mapping tool

We have just launched of a new map-based tour of AAOKH data! Check it out here:

It is also posted as a menu option on the AAOKH site.

Our goal with this tool is to facilitate the sharing of coastal conditions in combination with observations collected by members of coastal communities in the context of a changing seasonal cycle. This approach can help track environmental change from a community perspective. The tour below will give you an idea of the types of curated data AAOKH helps to share and make accessible. We will make future updates, so we Read full story