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ACCAP – Building Healthy and Thriving Alaskan Communities, Economies, and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

November 23 @ 10:00 am to 11:00 am AKST

Presenters:  

  • Sarah Trainor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Nathan Kettle, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • John Walsh, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Adelheid Hermann, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • LaVerne Dementieff, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Rick Thoman, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Danielle Meeker, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Margaret Rudolf, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Abstract: ACCAP’s portfolio of interwoven research and engagement in Alaska supports the underlying vision of building healthy and thriving Alaskan communities. Core themes include extreme events and impacts and capacity building in support of Tribal resilience. In the extreme events work, the team will use an integrated approach that brings together social science, climate science, and local expertise to: a) document socio-economic impacts of extreme climate and weather events in Alaska; b) engage practitioners to determine and meet information needs; and c) analyze historical and projected changes in extreme event occurrences to inform policy and decision-making. The work will support Tribal resilience by: a) bridging community-level climate adaptation planning and implementation with workforce and economic development; b) investigating and supporting boundary spanning and knowledge co-production between Alaska Native communities and climate and related researchers; c) innovating evaluation methodology and elevating Indigenous evaluation of climate-related knowledge co-production and climate adaptation. New outreach and engagement activities include assessment products that encompass societal impacts and adaptation, training for students and postdoctoral fellows, online course development, and enhanced convening activities with a focus on serving the needs of policy-makers, Alaska Native Peoples, tribes, and organizations throughout the state. The next 5 years of ACCAP will include a sustained assessment specialist and small-grant competition, which like the core portfolio, aims to fulfill ACCAP’s vision of thriving Alaskan communities, economies, and ecosystems.  This webinar will provide an overview of ACCAP’s proposed activities for the next 5 years.