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Food Security

For centuries, Alaskans have relied on subsistence activities to obtain food. Natural and economic conditions for Alaska’s nearly $6 billion a year fisheries industry are changing dramatically. We help ensure Alaskans’ access to food that will meet their dietary needs, and that Alaska remains the nation’s best and most sustainable source of seafood. We’re also developing new agricultural crops and practices for here in Alaska, to help feed Alaskans.

Learn more about how UA research is helping to ensure food security for Alaskans.

Health and Safety

The University of Alaska coordinates health research, information and training by providing support for addressing the health needs of Alaskans. Learn more about how UA research helps researchers, providers and educators dedicated to our population’s safe and healthy lives.


UA researchers directly provide jobs and essential resources to thousands of Alaskans across the state and have been at the forefront of public policy research in Alaska for 50 years. We study virtually all the major public policy issues Alaska faces in order to help Alaskans better understand the state’s changing economy and population — and the challenges and opportunities that come with change.

Learn more about how research improves job opportunities across the state.

Lands and Waterways

UA researchers monitor change in Alaska’s ecosystems and experiment to understand, predict and respond to the effects of environmental change on Alaska and Arctic landscapes.

Learn more about how we're making the most of our changing landscapes.

Quality of Life

We provide natural and cultural resource managers with the tools they need to develop and apply management strategies that address the impacts of rapid Northern change.

Learn more about how UA research helps maintain and improve quality of life for all Alaskans.

Resource Development

Much of our research centers on topics associated with smart and continued development of Alaska’s natural resources. Partnerships leverage UA scientific expertise to collect and disseminate environmental information needed for oil, gas and marine mineral decisions. We address information needs and studying environmental and resource issues of broad mutual interest. 

Learn more about how we strengthen relationships between government and industry.

Roads, Bridges and the Built Environment

Thawing permafrost, flooding and coastal erosion are worsening and damaging Alaska’s infrastructure. Alaska’s roads, bridges, airports, harbors, schools, military bases, post offices, fire stations, sanitation systems and power grid need attention and improvement. We help establish environmentally sustainable infrastructures while considering the life cycle of planning, design, construction, maintenance and preservation in a changing climate.

Learn more about how research informs evolving design, engineering and construction practices across Alaska.


Analyzing public spending and revenues associated with continued expansion of the tourism industry in Alaska requires substantial public investments in infrastructure, marketing and other services. 

From visitor use assessments for Alaska’s 24 national parks to efficiency improvements, weatherization and least-cost energy analyses, learn more about how UA research works to identify the most urgent priorities and needs for the tourism industry and its benefits to the state. 

Last updated: Jun 9, 2017