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Climate Change

Southern Ocean acidification puts marine organisms at risk

New research indicates that acidification of the Southern Ocean will cause a layer of water to form below the surface that corrodes the shells of some sea snails, an outcome that could disrupt marine food webs.  University of Colorado Boulder and University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers collaborated on the study, which was published today in…

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…

Data manager/analyst position opening

The UAF International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP) seek a Data Manager/Analyst to help develop an Arctic Data Collaborative to highlight and apply high impact datasets to solve real world issues. You will contribute to projects aimed at helping the nation and the world understand and…

IARC researcher receives prestigious award

John Walsh was recently honored with the Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer award for his contributions to the atmospheric sciences. Walsh, the chief scientist at the International Arctic Research Center, has dedicated his career to evaluating climate change impacts in the Arctic. The Walter Orr Roberts lecturer is chosen annually based on nominations. According to the…

Understanding Bering Sea changes requires new partnerships

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists presented their work at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in Washington D.C. last week. Here are some research highlights from the world’s largest Earth and space science meeting. Later freeze-up. Warmer surface water. Shifting walrus diets. Less cold water to serve as refuge for young fish. Changing pollock distribution.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…