INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC RESEARCH CENTER — UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

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…

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,…

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…

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…