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Ice in the Arctic environment consists of shorefast, “fast” ice; and floating, or “pack” ice. Pack ice persists year-round in the Arctic, while fast ice forms each winter and melts during the short arctic summer.

Nine species of animals are strongly associated with the ice pack in Alaska and some, such as polar bears and ringed seals, depend on the ice year-round. Climate change is threatening the sea ice-associated ecosystem.

Alaska Native hunters are directly experiencing changes in sea ice conditions, including later freeze-up, thinner and less reliable ice, and earlier and more rapid break-up.

While marine mammal populations are currently stable, it is becoming more difficult and dangerous to harvest them for subsistence.

ACCAP supports excellence and relevance in science

We look for innovative ways to do research, engage stakeholders, and develop and evaluate decision support tools. This work includes:

  • Community needs assessments and vulnerability plans
  • Natural and cultural resource studies
  • Climate modeling
  • Development and testing of research products and tools

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2019Impacts of past and current management decisions and the changing climate on tundra travelOngoingadaptation climate engineering ice-roads infrastructure north-slope permafrost region2019ongoing
2016What is success? A case study in planning for climate change in Shaktoolik, AlaskaCompletedregion shaktoolik tek2016completed
2015Webinar series: Alaska Policy & Climate AdaptationCompletedadaptation alaska-native webinar2015completed
2012Vulnerability of hydropower production in Alaska to climate variability and change: best practices for communication and application of climate scienceCompletedhydropower infrastructure science-communication2012completed
2012Using climate divisions to construct anomalies and trends in AlaskaCompletedclimate-divisions weather2012completed
2006Tundra lakes projectCompletedenergy ice-roads infrastructure modeling north-slope region2006completed
2015Tribal climate adaptation planning in NomeCompletedextreme-events human-health infrastructure subsistence tek weather2015completed
2011Tongass National Forest climate change vulnerability assessmentCompletedterrestrial-ecosystems2011completed
2017Synthesis of tribal climate adaptation in AlaskaCompletedadaptation native-tribal2017completed
2015Strategies for fostering socio-economic wellbeing in northern US and Russian communitiesCompletedextreme-events infrastructure region russia weather2015completed
2012Social network analysis of climate science and service organizations in AlaskaCompletedadaptation social-networks2012completed
2011Snow, ice, and permafrost hazards in Alaska: research needs and opportunitiesCompletedinfrastructure national-security permafrost shipping2011completed
2014Scenarios of energy and resource development on the North Slope, AlaskaCompletedenergy infrastructure north-slope region2014completed
2011Regional Assessments of Health Vulnerability and Environmental Security (RAVENS) Phase I: Water Security in Bristol BayOngoinghuman-health infrastructure2011ongoing
2009Permafrost settlement caused by climate warming in Alaska and the estimation of its damage costs for public infrastructureCompletedinfrastructure permafrost2009completed
2015Permafrost forecasting: Stakeholder listening sessionCompletedpermafrost2015completed
2008Improving seasonal fire predictions and information services in Alaska for regional and national fire resource planningCompletedwildfire2008completed
2018ICEX 2018Completedarctic coastal-marine operational-readiness2018completed
2014Hollings Scholar: Impacts of extreme weather events in AlaskaCompletedextreme-events hollings-scholar infrastructure weather2014completed
2013Gauging public perceptions of ocean acidification in AlaskaCompletedocean-acidification2013completed
2011Fisheries, food security, and climate change in the Kenai PeninsulaCompletedfisheries food-security human-health2011completed
2009Evaluation of fire forecast products to enhance US drought preparedness and responseCompletedsocial-networks wildlife2009completed
2014Coastal change research/management projects and priority information needs in western AlaskaCompletedcoastal-marine region western-alaska2014completed
2016Coastal change research/management projects and priority information needs in Cook Inlet and Southeast AlaskaCompletedadaptation coastal-marine cook-inlet region southeast-alaska2016completed
2008Cross-regional dialogue: climate change, water impacts, and Indigenous peopleCompletedtek water2008completed
2012Contributions to the Integrated Arctic Management ReportCompletedenergy fisheries infrastructure national-security subsistence2012completed
2011Coastal and marine visualization tools for the U.S. Arctic and AlaskaOngoingarctic data-visualization2011ongoing
2010Climate change adaptation in Alaska: Science, planning, and actionCompletedenergy fisheries infrastructure national-climate-assessment shipping subsistence wildlife2010completed
2015Center for Global Change Student Grant CompetitionCompletedadaptation2015completed
2012BioMap AlaskaCompletedcitizen-science fisheries wildlife2012completed
2009Assessing climate change impacts on forested ecosystems of AlaskaCompletedterrestrial-ecosystems2009completed
2011Alaska Regional Technical Report for the The U.S. National Climate AssessmentCompletedfisheries human-health infrastructure invasive-species national-climate-assessment permafrost shipping subsistence tek weather wildlife2011completed
2015ACCAP Mini-Grant Projects 2015Completedcarbon engineering fisheries hydrology marine-mammals2015completed
2017USDA Alaska Climate AdaptersOngoingfood-security human-health infrastructure subsistence tek2017ongoing
2017Sea ice and weather modeling data use in search and rescue operations in the Arctic: a case study in Utqiagvik, AlaskaOngoingextreme-events human-health region search-and-rescue utqiagvik2017ongoing
2015Projecting changes to extreme weather and climate for Alaska during the 21st centuryOngoingextreme-events2015ongoing
2015Establishing a targeted, functional storminess indicator for the Alaska regionOngoinginfrastructure shipping2015ongoing
2016Drilling deep: Knowledge co-production in contested spacesOngoingenergy infrastructure north-slope region2016ongoing
2017Developing sea ice and weather forecasting tools to improve situational awareness and crisis response in the ArcticOngoingextreme-events human-health national-security shipping2017ongoing
2017Catalog of societal impacts of extreme weather and climate events in AlaskaOngoingextreme-events2017ongoing
2018Case Study: What are the most effective ways to relay glacial outburst hazard information to stakeholder groups in Juneau?Ongoingextreme-events glacial-outburst infrastructure2018ongoing
2018Building resilience to extreme events and water hazard planning in rural communitiesOngoingextreme-events human-health infrastructure2018ongoing
2017Building capacity for actionable climate science in AlaskaOngoingadaptation2017ongoing
2016Best practices for supporting climate change adaptation planning in northwest AlaskaOngoingadaptation northwest-alaska region tek2016ongoing
2016Assessment of the application of climate information in wildfire management and decision-making in AlaskaOngoingwildfire2016ongoing
2015Analysis of current and projected economic effects of climate change in AlaskaOngoingerosion extreme-events fisheries food-security human-health infrastructure2015ongoing
2015Analog forecasting of sea iceOngoingadaptation extreme-events weather2015ongoing
2017Distance learning modules on climate decision support in the ArcticOngoingdistance-learning extreme-events weather2017ongoing
2012Meta-analysis of needs assessmentsCompletedadaptation2012completed