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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.
Getting fiber optic cable onshore in Arctic Alaska requires detailed understanding of the ways sea ice can damage cables in areas of shallow water. Working with industry lead Quintillion Networks, researchers at UAA and UAF have helped evaluate threats from sea ice and identify the safest routes to bring fast access to Arctic Alaska.
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.
UA is providing ethnographic pictures of the ways in which Alaska Native communities respond to rapid environmental and socio-economic change, while holding on to core values in the face of uncertainty.
Human access routes to coastal Arctic subsistence resources are changing and disappearing as temperatures warm. Our Fisheries Center is studying subsistence users’ access to marine resources in the coastal Western Arctic National Parklands. The work helps the Parks Service in managing subsistence use during times of rapid change.
In partnership with the Nome Eskimo Community, UAF researchers are working with the Native Villages of Solomon and Council and the King Island Native Community to identify and discuss recent changes in conditions and ways to adapt, develop detailed plans and share information with other rural Alaska and Native communities.
Based in the thorough, investigative work of one of our own PhD students, UA is studying how to improve preparedness and response to annual springtime flooding in Alaska and other high-latitude regions. We are developing effective and easily adaptable flood risk mitigation and disaster response and recovery strategies, for use in rural Alaska communities and elsewhere.
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.
Our university helps put in place and support many different partnerships to guide research and share research findings. Here, UAF helped support and evaluate a research partnership between North Slope communities and industry. This collaboration helped bring together North Slope experts and scientists to provide information in support of responsible oil and gas development in the Arctic.
Faced with energy costs four to 10 times the national average, rural Alaska community power grids are the focus of UAF work to develop kinetic energy storage systems. With high power density and a practically unlimited life cycle, these systems allow grids to meet demand with an ultimate reduction in diesel fuel consumption.
Arctic, Interior, Southcentral, Southeast, Southwest
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?