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…

Alaska had its warmest year on record in 2019, making a big splash across state, national and even world news. That ranking would not be possible without the diligent and forward-looking work of a handful of University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. Each month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assesses the U.S. climate by examining…

International Arctic Research Center climate scientist, Brian Brettschneider, testified to the Alaska State Legislature House Resource Committee in Juneau last week. The January 24 testimony on Alaska’s changing climate was heard along with a resolution establishing a special committee on climate change. “Climate change is here; greenhouse gas emissions are largely responsible, and Alaska’s people and…

By 2099, winds along Alaska’s northwestern coasts are projected to grow stronger, according to a new study from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To understand past and future winds, programmer Kyle Redilla, of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, and Sarah Pearl, an undergraduate from Dartmouth College, analyzed over 30 years of data from 67 airports…

The IARC team is excited to share this selection of notable research activities, updates and achievements from fall 2018 to 2019. 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…

We’re excited to announce that IARC is hiring a Science Communicator! Join our dynamic team of professional science communicators working to interpret and share UAF research. The successful candidate will join research teams to communicate results and implications that inform policymakers and help people adapt to a changing climate. This position primarily works within the AK…

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 Documenting Alaska’s physical and biological changes through observations Alaska has recently experienced profound environmental change related to extreme weather events and deviations from the historical climate. Sustained warmth, sea ice loss, coastal flooding, river flooding, and major ecosystem changes have impacted the daily lives of Alaskans around the state. Temperatures have been…

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…