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Complementary Uses of GEO and LEO Satellite Data in Alaska

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

For Alaska, LEO and GEO satellites have advantages and disadvantages, however other traditional observation networks are sparse in the state, so it is important to utilize the best qualities of each platform to fully diagnose and monitor hazardous natural events. This presentation will show several examples of how data from each of these satellite platforms can be complementary in this process.

September 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for October and the late fall/early winter season.

VAWS: Deconstructing Surface Water in Permafrost Regions

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Speaker: Erin Trochim, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Satellite records from the mid 1980s onward provide the opportunity to examine surface water distribution and change in permafrost regions. This is important because the nature of permafrost can create conditions where change is likely to occur but hydrology conditions can be highly variable. We will discuss…

Detecting, Projecting, and Attributing Changes in Extreme Events in Alaska

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

In a two part webinar, work on detecting and projecting changes in extreme temperature events over Alaska will be paired with a presentation on attributing the role of anthropogenic climate change in extreme events in Alaska.

Bering Science: Spring 2020 Bering Region Ocean Update

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

We will be presenting some new data and information products, based on the needs of federal and state agency managers, coastal communities, tribes, and private industry, and invite webinar participants and other residents of western Alaska to join our conversation about their observations and their needs.

July 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for August and the remaining summer/early fall season.

Alaska’s berries and their changing seasons

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Dr. Spellman and Dr. Mulder will discuss the ongoing research by IARC and Institute of Arctic Biology that explores how earlier springs, warmer summers and wetter falls influence our amazing Alaska berries throughout their life cycles.

May 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

VAWS: Radar Love – New Data, New Services, and the Rising Allure of SAR

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

This presentation will introduce you to some of these recent developments, specifically focusing on current and upcoming sensors as well as on new data products and services offered by the Alaska Satellite Facility, NASA's prime data center for SAR data.

Viewing historical and future wind information for Alaska

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

ACCAP has recently developed a visualization tool that displays wind information for 71 coastal and inland locations around Alaska, based on hourly station reports and hourly downscaled winds from two climate models.

2020 Alaska River Break-up Preview

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Crane Johnson with the NWS Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center will review break-up basics and an overview of current conditions. ACCAP Alaska Climate Specialist Rick Thoman will provide the latest subseasonal outlooks that help inform the outlook.

April 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

March 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

Forecasting Green-up: It’s seems simple…but it’s not

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Green-up, that time when leaves burst forth from Alaska's deciduous trees has important implications for the seasonal ecology, society and even meteorology in the state.

February 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

VAWS: How NUCAPS and gridded NUCAPS can help you

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

This seminar will discuss NUCAPS data and how it can be used to provide useful information over Alaska, and offer suggestions of when it's likely to be most useful.

January 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

December 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

Rapid Change: 2019 in Northwest Alaska’s Oceans and Impacts to Ecosystems and People.

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Speakers: Gay Sheffield (Sea Grant), Donna Hauser (IARC), Rick Thoman (ACCAP) Summer 2019 was another remarkable year for the Bering and Chukchi Sea regions, with record early sea ice loss in the spring, very warm oceans and late freeze-up producing wide ranging impacts, from the ocean food web to individual and community activities. This webinar…

Tundra be dammed: Beaver colonization of the Arctic

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Speaker: Ken TapeResearch Associate Professor Geophysical Institute Snow, Ice and Permafrost Group University of Alaska Fairbanks Using time series of satellite images, we have observed hundreds of new beaver ponds in tundra regions of western and northern Alaska. This talk will describe beaver movement into arctic tundra regions and some predicted implications for tundra ecosystems.

November 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

A Climatology of Snow to Liquid Ratios in Alaska

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Snow to liquid ratios (SLR) continue to be a large source of error for forecasters in the prediction of snow amounts during the winter months.

Strait Science Series: Winter Sea Ice and Climate Outlook

Part of the UAF Northwest Campus Strait Science SeriesIn-person at Grand Hall - NWC Education CenterOr join remotely via Zoom meeting information below:https://alaska.zoom.us/j/665398184Meeting ID: 665 398 184Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 665 398 184 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aNdnrwuH

Working together to adapt to a rapidly changing North

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) bring partners together to work on conservation solutions that help communities and decision makers adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing north. This presentation will give an overview of the four Alaska LCCs.

October 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

September 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

VAWS: Weather and social media: the good, the bad, and the viral

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Dave will talk about the challenges of communicating with a social media audience, and share tips and considerations for crafting an understandable, eye-catching message, and shareable message for your audience.

Climate change: from cutting-edge science to innovative solutions

UAF Salisbury Theatre 1718 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Join her on September 9 for a free public lecture as she shares her perspectives on climate change, science and future solutions.

August 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

Speaker: Rick Thoman, ACCAP | We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

The Emerging Risk of Algal Toxins in Western Alaska

Online only

This presentation will provide an overview of algal toxins and their impacts and a review of the recent changes in ocean climate that now make this a potential hazard for the coasts of western Alaska.

July 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Akasofu 407 UAF International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Fairbanks

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for the coming month and season.

VAWS: NWS Support for Avalanche Forecasting Operations in Southcentral Alaska

This presentation will discuss ways in which various NWS offices provide support to avalanche forecasting operations and highlights how the NWS Anchorage office has engaged its core partners while providing vital support during significant avalanche events across Southcentral Alaska.

Analysis of Forecastability of Rapid Growth Periods of Alaska Wildfires in both Boreal and Tundra Ecosystems

The Hollings Scholars utilized an existing database of daily wildfire acreage back to at least the 1990s. They identified sub-monthly periods of rapid wildfire growth in both boreal and tundra ecosystems and performed analysis of associated atmospheric conditions and synoptic weather patterns using online and UAF available meteorological reanalysis data. This presentation will present the findings of their work.

Climate Change in Alaska: Impacts on the Entomofauna

Speaking: Derek Sikes, University of Alaska Museum The University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection is a biorepository for vouchers from varied projects throughout the state. A number of examples of possible and potential climate change impacts on the terrestrial invertebrates of Alaska will be presented. These will cover various taxa including snow-field associated rove beetles,…

VAWS: CIRA Development of Alaska-Relevant Satellite Applications from Suomi-NPP/JPSS-1 and GOES-R

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), established at Colorado State University in 1980, works closely with NOAA to develop algorithms and applications based on its cadre of environmental satellites. Here, we present some of these applications, including the science behind them, with an eye toward their relevance to the Alaska Region.

VAWS: Volcanic Cloud Monitoring in the North Pacific: The Dawning of the GOES-R Era

Volcanic clouds, which are a major aviation hazard, are complex and the background environment in which they reside is often complicated as well. Much of the complexity is due to the multi-composition nature of volcanic clouds, which frequently consist of some combination of volcanic ash, volcanic gases, and hydrometeors. Thus, volcanic cloud remote sensing is very challenging.

River Ice Breakup: What Do We Know?

This presentation will focus on mechanical river ice breakup and the historical evolution of our understanding of this topic. The presentation will include discussions of ice cover formation and the typical resulting ice structure, wave-ice interaction, the physics of the cracking, and the current status of our understanding of breakup.

Understanding the Arctic Through A Co-Production of Knowledge

The Arctic is changing at an accelerated rate due to climate change and increased anthropogenic activity. Given the rate of change, never has it been more important to work toward a holistic understanding of the Arctic’s interconnecting systems.

VAWS: An Exploration of Kodiak Wind Events

In this presentation, the factors leading to this strong wind event will be explored in-depth. In addition, a climatology of the top 10 wind events to occur in Kodiak City will be presented and classified based on similar synoptic and mountain wave properties. Finally, a statistical gap wind tool has been developed to help forecasters anticipate wind events which will be shared.

VAWS: Diagnosis and Validation of Surface Precipitation Type

In this talk, several issues related to surface hydrometeor classification are discussed. These include uncertainty in the observations, algorithms used to deduce the precipitation type from numerical weather prediction models, and the uncertainty in the models themselves.

The climate has changed, have we? Reflections on 50 years of fire management in Alaska

Online or In-person in Akasofu/IARC 407 2160 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks

Jointly sponsored and hosted by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium Speaker: Randi Jandt, Alaska Fire Science Consortium Randi Jandt talked about the evolution of Alaska firefighting practices--field and management--over the past 50 years. We are starting to be aware of the changes in climate and in Alaska forests: is the wildfire "problem" the same one…

Do Trophic Cascades Affect The Storage and Flux of Atmospheric Carbon? An Analysis for Sea Otters and Kelp Forests 

We combined data collected over the last 40 years to estimate the indirect effects of sea otters on ecosystem carbon production and storage across their North American range from Vancouver Island to the western edge of the Aleutian Islands. We find that sea otters, by suppressing sea urchins, substantially increase kelp ecosystem productivity and have a strong influence on kelp carbon flux and storage.