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USGS Alaska Carbon Assessment
The US Geological Survey has just released a new report assessing the amount of carbon that is stored in and that moves through Alaska's vast landscape. Several chapter authors are members of the Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network. For more information and a link to the report, please visit the USGS website.
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.
In the Spotlight
Juneau Icefield Black Carbon Study Begins
UAS and ACRC professors Sonia Nagorski, Jason Fellman, and Eran Hood are investigating black carbon deposits on the Juneau icefield. Contributors of black carbon may include local sources such cruise ships, helicopters, wood stoves, fuel stoves, automobiles, and boats, but may also arise from long-range transport of soot from East Asia. The team hopes to determine the rates and sources of black carbon deposition on the Juneau Icefield. Funding for this project is provided by the Alaska EPSCoR program and the U.S. Forest Service.
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
News & Events
Climate Change in Southeast Alaska - Informing Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Anadromous Fisheries
*Resources now Online*
This April 2016 workshop was hosted by the US Forest Service and the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, with support from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. For more information, handouts, presentations, and other resources please visit the Southeast Alaska FHP resources page.
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