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September 2021 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for October and late fall/early winter season. Join the gathering online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

Co-producing Understanding of Drivers & Consequences of Environmental Arctic Change

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change is beginning a new phase in which we are facilitating co-produced syntheses across disciplines and knowledge systems. In this webinar, we will introduce our team leaders, describe our approach, and seek participation of Indigenous, scientific, and decision-making experts.

VAWS: A Kriging-Based Quantitative Precipitation Estimate for the Alaska Region With Confidence Bounds

Speaker: Brett Hoover, University of Wisconsin-Madison In collaboration with NWS Alaska and the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center, we have developed a quantitative precipitation estimate (QPE) for 6-hour accumulated precipitation over the Alaska region by merging rain gauge data with high-resolution numerical weather prediction forecast data. Merging is achieved through kriging, a geostatistical interpolation technique that…

October 2021 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for November and early winter season. Join the gathering online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

VAWS: A tale of two ice floes

Speakers will introduce some of the science that was carried on these two ice floes and reflect on how the unexpected weather and ice conditions can create challenges, but also offer new insights.

November 2021 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for December and winter season. Join the gathering online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

VAWS: Enhancing WFO Operations Through GIS

Operational meteorology is ever-changing, and there is an increasing need to provide enhanced Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS), outreach-related activities, and telework status for COVID mitigation. WFO Juneau has developed tools using ArcGIS online to fulfill these needs. Recent developments include interactive situational awareness dashboards, educational Storymaps, and office recruitment material. We will demonstrate some of these new tools and their usages.

December 2021 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for January 2022! and the late winter season. Join the gathering online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

January 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Speaker: Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP) We will review recent and current climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for February 2022 and the early spring season. Join the gathering online to learn what's happened and what may be in store…

Arctic Report Card 2021: Disruptions to Environments and Peoples

Speakers: Rick Thoman (ACCAP), Tom Ballinger (UAF), Walt Meier (National Snow & Ice Data Center) NOAA's 16th annual Arctic Report Card was released in December, with an overarching theme documenting ongoing and incipient disruptions to Arctic environments and peoples. This year's report card features 14 essays and ACCAP's Rick Thoman will provide a drive-by tour of…

VAWS: A brief introduction to the ALPACA project

Speakers: Dr. Jingqiu Mao, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute Dr. Peter DeCarlo, Johns Hopkins University Dr. Kathy Law, Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), Centre de National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS/Sorbonne Université/UVSQ), Paris, France Dr. Jochen Stutz, University of California Los Angeles This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the Alaskan Layered…

Climate change and impacts projections for Alaska: From rough generalizations to custom information

Speaker: Jeremy Littell, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Climate futures - the projected changes in climate and their impacts - are key content for adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, and other planning efforts that consider climate change and its impacts. Despite this need, climate projections consistent with best practices for climate information and tailored to…

Bering Strait: The 2020 Foreign Marine Debris Event

Speaker: Gay Sheffield, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program During summer 2020, the Bering Strait region of Alaska experienced a marine debris event that brought garbage ashore that was different from the types and amount typically observed.  A collaborative response to the event was undertaken by the regional public out of concern for food security,…

Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026: Overview & Next Steps

Speakers: David Payer,  Ecosystems Branch Leader, National Park ServiceDavid Allen, Program Manager, NOAA Arctic Research ProgramErik Obrien, Community and Economic Development Program Manager, Denali CommissionSteve Gray,  Director of the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, U.S. Geological SurveyJohn Pearce, Program Manager, U.S. Geological SurveyLiz Weinberg, IARPC Web manager and Community CoordinatorSorina Stalla, IARPC BIP Development Director…

Time-series maps reveal widespread change in plant functional type cover across arctic and boreal Alaska and Yukon

Speaker: Matt Macander, ABR, Inc. Widespread changes in the distribution and abundance of plant functional types (PFTs) are occurring in Arctic and boreal ecosystems due to the intensification of disturbances, such as fire, and climate-driven vegetation dynamics, such as tundra shrub expansion. To understand how these changes affect boreal and tundra ecosystems, we map a…

VAWS: Subjective Evaluation of Sea Ice Guidance at Operational Ice Centers

Speaker: Eugene Petrescu, National Weather Service Sea ice models have shown significant improvements over the past decade as targeted research to better understand physical processes related to sea ice evolution were incorporated into the models.   This has been driven by the rapid changes in sea ice and the impacts on communities and transportation activities in…

ACCAP Small Grants Program – Informational Session

Speakers: Adelheid Herrmann, Sarah Trainor, & Delores Gregory (Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy) In this informational webinar and Q&A session, speakers will provide an overview of ACCAP’s new Small Grants Program, which aims to build resilience and climate adaptation capacity in regional and statewide nonprofit organizations serving Alaska Native peoples. This new program…

2022 Alaska River Break-up Preview 

Speakers: Rick Thoman (ACCAP), Crane Johnson (NWS Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center) There's a deep spring snowpack across Alaska as spring melt approaches. 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…

VAWS: The NOAA VIIRS Active Fire Product

Speaker: Ivan Csiszar, NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research The Visible Infrared Imaging Spectroradiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor on board the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) series provides high quality radiometric measurements to enable detection and characterization of active fires. The current primary baseline NOAA operational product includes fire detection and fire radiative power (FRP)…

April 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

We will review recent and current climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for May 2022 and the early summer season.

Eurasian Snow Cover Variability Links with Stratosphere-Troposphere Coupling and its Impacts on Alaskan Weather

Using both observational analysis and novel numerical modeling experiments, we showed that autumn snow cover extent and Arctic sea ice trends can force observed increasing trends in stratospheric polar vortex stretching and surface impacts. Our analysis provides a dynamical link between rapid Arctic change and extreme winter weather across large regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

S.T. Lee lecture: Climate Solutions for Pacific Island Resilience – the Pacific RISA Program

Dr. Laura Brewington (Arizona State University, the East-West Center) will provide an introduction to the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, one of 11 NOAA RISA programs in the United States focused on regional climate science and adaptation. Now in its 16th year, the Pacific RISA is generating equitable climate solutions in Hawaii…

VAWS: Second Generation CMORPH for Real-Time Monitoring

The most important purpose of this webinar is to get feedback from our colleagues in the field offices on how we may improve the CMORPH2 to better serve operational applications in weather, water, and climate.

Climate, salmon, and fishing communities: Collaborative, solutions-oriented science for Alaska

Online only

Speaker: Erik Schoen, International Arctic Research Center, UAF As Alaska's salmon respond to a rapidly changing environment, our fishing communities are experiencing record highs, disastrous lows, and uncertainty about what the future will bring. Climatic conditions affect salmon throughout their life cycle, from freshwater to the ocean and back. Climate can also influence salmon indirectly…

VAWS: The Alaska Aviation Weather Unit and Volcanic Ash Advisory Center

Speaker: Joshua Maloy (National Weather Service) The Alaska Aviation Weather Unit/Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center is a dual office that has both meteorological watch office and volcanic ash advisory center responsibilities. Falling under the auspices of NOAAs National Weather Service, the dual-office is located in Anchorage, AK. The presentation will provide an overview of operations,…

Alaska Fire Season 2022: Focus on Southwest Alaska and Impacts on Vegetation and Fuels

Online only

Speakers: Rick Thoman (ACCAP Climate Specialist) and JJ Frost (ABR, Inc. Plant Biologist) The 2022 fire season in Alaska was unprecedented. Southwest Alaska experienced record-breaking fires that impacted local communities and challenged management resources. This webinar will review the weather, climate, and ecological factors that contributed to the severe wildfire season, with an in-depth look…

Laying the Foundation for Resilient Coastal Communities

Speaker: Rich Buzard The UAF Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab uses a combination of remote sensing, ground and aerial surveys and citizen science to measure erosion and flooding in several Alaskan villages. During this webinar Rich will describe their work monitoring coastal erosion and laying the foundation for resilience in coastal Alaskan communities.

Southeast Alaska Drought

Join us to review the SE Alaska Drought Report. We'll discuss drought history, causes, and impacts. Select community perspectives will be highlighted.