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Study shows stronger winds in store for northwestern Alaska

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…

2019 IARC report released

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 hiring a science communicator!

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…

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

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 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…

Position opening: Science communicator

UAF photo by Todd Paris.

The UAF International Arctic Research Center (IARC) seeks a Science Communicator to interpret and share UAF research with audiences in Alaska and beyond. Join research projects to communicate important results and implications that can inform policymakers and help people adapt to a changing climate. In this position, you will: Support the science communication work of…

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,…