Southeast Projects

southeast alaska
Focus Area(s): Lands and Waterways, Quality of Life, Resource Development  

We are informing forest managers and mill operators on the extent of the decline of this commercially and culturally valuable species. This includes future risk assessment, regeneration potential, and opportunities for salvage logging.

Focus Area(s): Jobs, Lands and Waterways, Resource Development  

Our researchers at UAF are developing and supporting the Advanced Laboratory and Field Arrays for Marine Energy project to address critical needs for lowering the cost of river and ocean energy converters, and to advance hydrokinetic energy’s role in global renewable energy.

Focus Area(s): Jobs, Quality of Life  

UA partners with NOAA’s Alaska Sea Grant, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Association to support ongoing adaptation approaches, including the Southeast Alaska Climate Adaptation Planning Summit in September 2016 (Ketchikan). Tribes have learned from each other about overcoming barriers to adaptation, impacts on subsistence and cultural resources, identifying climate adaptation strategies and drafting work plans for short-term adaptations.

Focus Area(s): Lands and Waterways, Roads, Bridges and the Built Environment  

UA researchers closely monitor the region’s Suicide Basin and Mendenhall River, which have experienced dramatic outburst floods (or jökulhlaups) from the Mendenhall Glacier, affecting valley populations and infrastructure in Juneau. These monitoring efforts provide essential information to communities and partner agencies, and aid prediction, mitigation and preparation efforts.

Focus Area(s): Food Security, Quality of Life  

Local and traditional knowledge is being combined with scientific data to provide information for managing Alaska’s nearshore fisheries. Through interviews with resource users, UA is documenting knowledge from fishers in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska to assess long-term trends in abundance and body size for groundfish, salmon and crab species.

Focus Area(s): Food Security, Tourism  

Nearshore ecosystems are often overlooked in acidification studies, even though these habitats are crucial in planning for mariculture operation, fisheries monitoring, harmful algal blooms and paralytic shellfish poisoning. In this most extensive ferry-based ocean chemistry monitoring project in North America, UA is providing unparalleled, broad, and long-term coverage of nearshore marine habitats from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK.

Focus Area(s): Food Security, Jobs  

Recreational fishing contributes approximately $1.4 billion per year to coastal communities in Alaska. UA is studying patterns of responses to regulatory, environmental, and socioeconomic changes in Alaska halibut and salmon fisheries over the last three decades. This will help managers and stakeholders to better understand how future changes will affect the welfare of fishing communities in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

Focus Area(s): Health and Safety, Resource Development  

UA promotes safe and effective mine rescue operations by developing unmanned ground vehicles and aircraft systems for mine rescue operations and safety training to improve Alaska’s underground mining operations.

Focus Area(s): Jobs, Quality of Life, Resource Development  

UA is forecasting and assessing the nature and scope of climate change impacts on the Alaska economy into the next 30–50 years. We’re tackling these tough questions: What is known and unknown about the economic effects of Alaska’s changing climate? What additional research, data collection and information gathering are necessary to fill these information gaps?

Focus Area(s): Lands and Waterways, Roads, Bridges and the Built Environment  

After the fatal 2015 Sitka landslide, researchers have been assessing risk from landslides that arise from changing Pacific storm patterns. As with wildfire, landslides represent a widespread disturbance pattern that’s experiencing shifts due to climate. UA is examining how these large-scale changes can affect capacities for ecosystem and community resilience.