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Science and art illustrate changing marine Arctic ecosystem

A recent study led by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists Claudine Hauri and Seth Danielson is combining art and science to characterize the Chukchi Sea, a rapidly changing ecosystem off northwestern Alaska. The Chukchi Ecosystem Observatory is the first Arctic monitoring site to continuously and simultaneously measure a large suite of biological, chemical and physical characteristics of…

Researcher patents new method of tracking taxable infrastructure

University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Keith Cunningham has created a tool that urban planners and tax assessors can use to detect infrastructure changes. Property taxes are assessed based in part on the size of structures. Cunningham’s remote sensing method, which was patented last month, can alleviate the need to physically survey buildings to detect changes…

New newsletter explores community-based observations of Arctic change

IARC’s Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub is excited to share their winter 2018 newsletter. Read about AAOKH’s work supporting community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska’s Arctic. This inaugural edition of AAOKH News focuses on current observations and tools, the steering group and how to get involved. The newsletter was distributed…

New 2018 IARC report released

The IARC team is excited to share this selection of notable research activities, updates and achievements from 2017 to fall 2018. During this time, we furthered our mission to foster Arctic research in an international setting through sustained Arctic system science. We continue to help the nation and the world understand, prepare for and adapt to…

Working towards a more diverse and inclusive IARC

IARC is working towards creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and respectful environment that welcomes everyone, values multiple types of knowledge and engages all individuals to help each thrive. As part of this effort, the IARC Diversity and Inclusivity statement was developed. The statement is a living document designed to help guide our institution. Requests also…

Monitoring climate change from space, one leaf at a time

A new Japanese satellite will monitor global climate change and the health of the Earth, from space. Scientists are now validating the satellite by gathering and measuring thousands of leaves from around the world, a feat possible only through international collaboration. As plants grow, they use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and…

Alaska teacher to join international Arctic research expedition

Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center embark this week for a 55-day research expedition in the eastern Arctic Ocean. This year, Fairbanks elementary school teacher Moira O’Malley will join the team. “I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” O’Malley said. O’Malley will write a daily blog, providing updates that are exciting, fun,…

IARC researcher receives presidential award

Elena Sparrow was recently honored with a U.S. presidential award for her excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics mentoring. Sparrow is a University of Alaska Fairbanks research professor and the education outreach director at the International Arctic Research Center. The award, which includes a $10,000 National Science Foundation grant, recognizes the important role mentors…

Arctic climate change: Alternative futures

While changes of sea ice and air temperature have received widespread media coverage, other changes in the cryosphere and the broader Arctic environment have been synthesized in recent assessment reports. A consistent pattern of change through the Arctic system has emerged. However, the future trajectory of the system is subject to various uncertainties, and human…