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UAF researchers embark on an expedition frozen at sea

Five UAF researchers are among hundreds of scientists worldwide who will spend part of the coming year on board a research ship frozen in the Arctic sea ice. The 387-foot icebreaker Polarstern will embark from Tromsø, Norway today to kick off MOSAiC, the world’s largest and most comprehensive expedition to the central Arctic Ocean. During…

Fostering the next generation of Arctic researchers and managers

We’ve heard it many times: “You are what you eat.” The concept enabled college sophomore Annie Masterman to do cutting edge research connecting humpback whales to their diet. Every organism has a distinct signature of stable isotopes like carbon and nitrogen. As a whale digests its food, the prey’s stable isotope “signature” is incorporated into…

Alaska’s Changing Environment publication

Alaska’s Changing Environment is a newly released publication that compiles observations of physical and biological change in and around Alaska. The publication, which is intended for a general audience, focuses on the time period 2014 – August 2019, but often provides information from earlier decades for historical context. Using mostly visualizations and photos, Alaska’s Changing…

Arctic and Earth SIGNS workshop seeks to educate communities

Dragonflies fly across Ballaine lake, scattering as buckets attached to ropes soar through the air into the glittering lake below. The gathered community members and educators taking part in the workshop draw in their buckets. A variety of tests are performed on the collected lake water in the buckets, they include readings of temperature, alkalinity,…

IARC researchers shared their findings at Arctic open house

On May 30th, the International Arctic Research Center, alongside the other research facilities on UAF’s west ridge, showcased their science. From climate change, to forest fires, to potential futures without berries, all was on display for the public to learn about and interact with. Researchers lined the walls of the IARC lobby and the Akasofu-Elvey…

IARC researchers contribute to Anchorage Climate Action Plan

On May 21 the Anchorage Assembly adopted the Anchorage Climate Action Plan, a long sought-after strategic framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. The plan was developed in collaboration between the University of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage. Several International Arctic Research Center scientists were involved including…

From wet to dry, a question to improve global climate models

Arctic researchers traveled to western Alaska last month to gather snow depth data, which they believe may be a missing link needed to improve how global climate models predict changing Arctic conditions. Rapid warming is transforming the Arctic, triggering a cascade of changes across entire ecosystems. Scientists are grappling with how to incorporate degrading permafrost,…

Fresh Eyes on Ice monitors lake and river ice across Alaska

A new lake and river ice-monitoring project led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks gets kids involved in science while promoting ice safety and a better understanding of changing winter conditions. Fresh Eyes on Ice is an observing network that explores the curious and fascinating aspects of frozen water and its role in the environment…

Arctic change is impacting lower latitudes

A new, short article written for the public compiles evidence that the footprint of Arctic change is expanding. “People in other places may not have a full understanding that as the Arctic becomes disrupted the number of social and environmental systems in lower latitudes that are affected is growing,” said co-author Amy Lovecraft from the…