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Living off the land: Environmental impacts to access in Interior Alaska

IARC affiliated Community Partnerships for Self Reliance recently partnered with several groups including Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning to develop this visualization of change across Interior Alaska. Between 2016 and 2017, 26 observers from nine communities in Interior Alaska documented climate-related environmental conditions that impacted their travel to areas used for hunting, fishing,…

In Alaska, everyone’s grappling with climate change

This story was originally published in The Conversation. Author Nancy Fresco.  Coastal villages are washing into the Bering Sea, trees are sprouting in the tundra and shipping lanes are opening in an ocean that was once locked in ice. In Alaska, climate change isn’t a distant or abstract concern. As a climate change researcher at the International…

Youths experience hands-on science at Bering Sea Days

“I’m a food chain,” yelled an enthusiastic 6-year-old. With her handmade red king crab crown, scallop finger puppet, phytoplankton sparkles and sun necklace, this young learner transformed into an ocean food chain. When asked who’s at the top of the food chain, she responded, “kindergarteners from St. Paul Island, Alaska.” This was just one of…

IARC scientist awarded $1.25 million to develop a carbon seaglider

IARC’s Claudine Hauri and Andrew McDonnell, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, were awarded a $1.25M grant from the National Science Foundation for the development and operation of a new autonomous Carbon Seaglider. The Carbon Seaglider will be capable of adaptively sampling carbon dioxide concentrations and other oceanographic parameters throughout the coastal environment and will be…

August 26-27- ICE!

August 26 Ice!!!! I changed to the top bunk in my cabin so I can see out the port holes. This morning when I glanced out, I saw small pieces of ice. By the time I jumped out of bed and ran upstairs to the helo deck the ice chunks had gotten bigger. This is…

Video: Modeling in Climate Change Research

This 13-minute video, featuring IARC Research Associate Katie Spellman and Dr. Nancy Fresco of the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning, explains the importance and relevance of computer modeling in making sense of climate change.

IARC 2016 Annual Report published

The team of IARC researchers, staff, and students is excited to share this selection of notable activities and achievements with you. Message from IARC Director Hajo Eicken Personally, I am honored and happy to serve in my new role as IARC Director, starting in the spring of last year. The transition from my appointment as…

IARC’s Lawson Brigham pushes Arctic shipping safety forward

Lawson Brigham is a distinguished professor of geography and Arctic Policy at IARC. He’s also a former Coast Guard icebreaker captain and maritime-law expert who has spent the last 25 years helping work toward the recent adoption of the Polar Code by the International Maritime Organization and international shippers from many nations.

Free glaciology and marine programs for girls seek applications

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17.

Three teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers.

The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 will include Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls On Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through IARC and the UAF College of Natural Science & Mathematics.