IARC is working together with a team from around the circumpolar north to make this year’s Arctic Observing Summit a success as it moves 100% online. AOS, which takes place March 30 to April 2, is a biennial summit held in conjunction with Arctic Science Summit Week. Anyone in the Arctic observing community interested in…

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are providing strategic ice and weather expertise to the U.S. Navy during its Ice Exercise 2020 in the Arctic Ocean this spring. The work helps ensure a safe and successful exercise for participants — both on and under the ice. The Navy commenced ICEX 2020 with the construction of a temporary ice…

Many IARC researchers are participating in the 2019 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Fransisco this month. Below is a list of their presentations. For anyone attending the meeting, we would love for you to join our staff, faculty and students at these events. Please consider stopping by the UAF booth (#629) in the AGU…

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…

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 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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…