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New report provides conservation and management strategies for climate-sensitive yellow-cedar in Alaska
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station today released a new report that outlines a climate adaptation strategy for yellow-cedar in Alaska. The report, A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Conservation and Management of Yellow-Cedar in Alaska, is the first to provide a comprehensive science-based approach for managing the species in the face of climate change in the state of Alaska, where some populations of the tree have been declining over the past century.
Héen Latinee Weather Stations Installed
This summer the US Forest Service, in partnership with UAS, the National Weather Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, installed weather stations and power and communicatons systems at the Experimental Forest, enabling continuous climate data collection.
Improving Landslide Prediction
Brian Buma at UAS is involved in a project linking interactions between wind regimes and landslide occurrence with local weather records to produce an improved understanding of the relationships between precipitation, landslides, wind, and topography in southeast Alaska. This project will result in improved landslide warning systems. See the Alaska Public Media article for more details.
Photo by Bob Hallinen, ADN
In the Spotlight
ACRC announces new Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network
In February 2016 ACRC was awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and facilitate an international network
of scientists and stakeholders that will study the interface between land and ocean, where fresh water and nutrients flow downstream from coastal watersheds into the nearshore marine environment. Because the movement of fresh water and nutrients plays a key role in these linked ecosystems, climate-driven changes in this flow may impact coastal ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them.
An in-depth Look at a Yellow-cedar Range Edge
John Krapek, a graduate student at UAF, is interested in understanding where and why new yellow-cedar populations get established at the edge of their range near Juneau. Watch the YouTube video to learn more!
Photo by Mark Rainery
Climate Change Impacts to Salmon Habitat
A new study by ACRC and UAS researchers shows that if climate warming causes summertime stream temperatures to increase only slightly, or if more extensive periods of low streamflow become more common in lower elevation forested streams, dissolved oxygen levels could fall into the critically low range for extensive periods of time, thus degrading habitat quality for salmon. Click here for the article >>
News & Events
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