Past Webinars and Other Events

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November 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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

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…

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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…

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October 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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

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…

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Observing Alaskan Lake and River Ice through Fresh Eyes: Focus on Freeze-up

We’ll discuss new efforts being made to improve ice observation in Alaska and ways that you can help.

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VAWS: Sitka Landslide Risk Dashboard & Geohazards in Southeast Alaska

Over the last five years, the Sitka Sound Science Center has partnered with an inter-disciplinary, inter-agency team of local and technical experts to develop and disseminate a landslide risk dashboard.

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100th NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join us for the 100th NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing and learn about Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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August 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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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.

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Bering Science Spring 2022 – Communicating science in and around the Bering Sea

Join us for an overview of the Bering Science publication, featuring speakers on crab, salmon, seabirds and climate in the Bering Sea.

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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…

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July 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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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.

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June 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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VAWS: NOAA’s Regional Climate Services (RCS) Program: what does it do and how does it work with other entities?

Learn about services that the NCEI's Regional Climate Service Program can provide in Alaska.

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Fostering convergence to address complex Arctic climate challenges: Identifying opportunities with the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Program

Join this webinar to find out more about convergence research, formation and activities of upcoming Convergence Working Groups, and broader opportunities for cross-community interaction within the NNA-CO.

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May 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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VAWS: High-resolution forecasting of wildfire activity and smoke: The High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model

Join us for a presentation about NOAA’s High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model configuration, see results from retrospective simulations during recent years, and hear about current work to develop a novel fire weather index called Hourly Wildfire Potential (HWP).

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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.

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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…

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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…

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Green-up in Interior Alaska: When and Why it Matters

This webinar will be the third annual review of the green-up forecasting tools and will provide a look-ahead for green-up for Spring 2022.

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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…

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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…

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March 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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February 2022 NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Join the gathering online to learn what’s happened and what may be in store with Alaska’s seasonal climate.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Alaska’s fire weather hotspot and its response to regional atmospheric circulation at weather and climate time scales

In this webinar, we will discuss historical relationships between regional atmospheric circulation and peak CEI fire weather conditions (e.g., BUI maxima) through the different fire season phases (i.e., wind, duff, drought, and diurnal periods) during the 1979-2020 period.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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

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. This webinar will detail ACCAP's proposed activities for the next 5 years.

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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.

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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.

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The Yukon Flats Changing Environment: an overview of observed and measured landscape change

Mark Bertram, supervisory wildlife biologist for the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge will guide you through the impacts of climatic change on resources in the Yukon Flats Basin.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Another Climate Report: Responsibility, A Quick Guide and Accountability

This is a joint webinar between the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy and the Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network.

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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.

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VAWS: Future Projections of Precipitation for Alaska Infrastructure

Join this webinar to learn about the data downscaling and modeling techniques used to apply temporally fine-scale precipitation projections to an online statewide tool designed for and used by engineers.

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Communicating Arctic Climate Change to a Global Audience

In this webinar members of the team from eCampus and IARC will present on the growth and strategy behind Massive Open Online Courses as a mechanism of both education and communication, and on the goals and structure of this course more specifically.

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August 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 September and fall season.

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VAWS: Predicting and Monitoring Heavy Precipitation in Complex Terrain

Speakers: Carl Dierking, Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) University of Alaska (UAF)Aaron Jacobs, National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Juneau AlaskaKyle Van Peursem, Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center, NWS…

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VAWS: NOAA Enterprise Cloud Products and Introduction to the Next GOES Series (GeoXO)

With high spatial resolutions, GOES data are becoming more and more relevant to Alaska. This seminar will provide the current plans for GeoXO and how to become involved in the process.

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July 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 August and early fall season.

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Using a random forest model to predict historical PM2.5 in Alaska

This presentation will discuss the use of a random forest model to exam air quality in Alaska.

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Bering Science winter 2020/2021: Sharing science in and around the Bering Sea

This year’s report includes sections on storms, erosion, fish, crab, ocean acidification, plankton, HABs, marine mammals, marine debris and seabirds. The discussion will also provide updates on scientific research taking place during summer 2021 in the Bering Sea region.

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June 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 July and the remaining summer season.

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Lightning: Basics, Theory, and Observations in Alaska

Lightning in Alaska poses unique challenges for the operational forecasting, fire weather, and climate communities. This presentation incorporates these challenges by providing a technical discussion on topics such as lightning terminology, behavior, and networks as well as charging theory in relation to lightning production.

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May 2021 National Weather Service 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 June and the summer season.

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Strait Science – Bering Strait Weather 2020 Recap and 2021 Outlook

land and sea, focusing on the Bering Strait region. Hear how rural communities can collect winter snowpack data through volunteer "Snow Courses!"

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VAWS: 2020 U.S. Climate Normals Project – Alaska Region

This presentation will provide background on methodologies used to generate the normals and updates to the largely similar methods used in the 2010 normals processing.

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Forecasting sap flow in birch trees and green-up in the boreal forest of Interior Alaska

This joint presentation by Rick Thoman with ACCAP and Jan Dawe with the OneTree Alaska (UAF Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station) will highlight ongoing efforts to forecast the timing of these important events and ways this information can be used by Alaskans to plan their spring activities.

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VAWS (2-part talk): Improvement of Satellite 3-D Cloud Structure Information for Aviation Users & Two CIMSS products for Decision Support in Aviation

This presentation will be two part and will cover improvements in decision support products for aviation users.

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Future Projections of Precipitation for Alaska

Join this webinar to learn about a new online statewide precipitation tool designed for engineers, but accessible and interesting to everyone.

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April 2021 National Weather Service 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 May and the early summer season.

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2021 Alaska River Break-up Preview

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 APRFC’s official break-up outlook.

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: What does drought look like in Northwest Alaska

Join a listening session to share your story, experiences or data and hear from others in the region (Northwest Alaska).

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March 2021 National Weather Service 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 April and the spring/early summer season.

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VAWS: From Chinooks to Santa Anas: Fire Weather in Alaska and Southern California

This presentation will compare the 2019 and 2020 wildfire seasons in Alaska and California from the perspective of a fire weather meteorologist supporting the fire crews and land management agencies.

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: What does drought look like in Interior Alaska

Join a listening session to share your story, experiences or data and hear from others in the region (Interior Alaska).

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: What does drought look like in the Aleutian islands & Southwest Alaska

Join a listening session to share your story, experiences or data and hear from others in the region (Aleutian islands & Southwest Alaska)

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: What does drought look like in Southcentral Alaska

Join a listening session to share your story, experiences or data and hear from others in the region (Southcentral Alaska).

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VAWS: Use of Uncrewed Aerial Systems at the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center

The topic of this presentation is the UAS program started by the APRFC in 2019. We will describe missions flown thus far and types of applications well suited for helping the National Weather Service (NWS) provide its core services.

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: What does drought look like in Southeast Alaska

Join a listening session to share your story, experiences or data and hear from others in the region (Southeast Alaska)

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February 2021 National Weather Service 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 March and the spring season.

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: US Drought Monitor Process

David Simeral, drought monitor author, who will explain the U.S. drought monitor process.

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Alaska Drought Webinar Series: Climate review

Rick Thoman, Alaska climate specialist, who will review past climate information focusing on unusual dry times.

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The next decade of Alaskan Ocean Acidification Research: What we learned, where 2020 fits, and what’s coming next for the Bering Sea

We will take a look back at the last ten years of OA research in the Bering Sea,, and highlight new, cutting-edge biogeochemical modeling, forecasting, and projection efforts that have dramatically increased our capacity to understand Alaskan OA.

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Are we living in the future? The climate extremes of recent and future Southeast Alaska droughts and floods

Join Rick Thoman, Rick Lader, and Jeremy Littell for a webinar about the past, present and future of precipitation extremes in southeast Alaska.

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January 2021 National Weather Service 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 February and the remaining winter season.

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VAWS: The November 8, 2020 Fairbanks Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

Join us as we will explore what went wrong, forecast uncertainty, and model failure modes.

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December 2020 National Weather Service 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 (2021) and the remaining winter season.

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VAWS: Understanding the Alaska Regional Operations Center (ROC) of the National Weather Service

We will discuss the National Weather Service’s structure in Alaska and the ROC’s role in supporting National Weather Service operations and partners at all levels.

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The 2020 NOAA Arctic Report Card: Overview and Chapter Highlights in the Alaska Context

This webinar will give a broad overview of the 2020 Arctic Report Card followed by Alaska-focused highlights.

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VAWS: NWS Alaska Sea Ice Program Operations

We will also look at some times when sea ice in Alaska waters has caused problems for both Alaska residents and others operating within Alaskan waters.

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November 2020 National Weather Service 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 the winter season.

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Observing Alaska Lake and River Freeze-up through Fresh Eyes on Ice

This seminar will provide an overview of freeze-up science and how you can be involved in helping share freeze-up and other ice condition observations this winter.

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Learning from a regional ocean model: How ocean acidification has changed the seascape of the Gulf of Alaska

Dr. Hauri will present her latest modeling results on how ocean acidification has changed the marine habitats of some of Alaska’s most important species.

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October 2020 National Weather Service 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 the early winter season.

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VAWS: Trends and regional variability of observed Arctic sea ice thickness

I’ll discuss the different methods (satellite instruments and model simulations) of observing sea ice thickness in order to understand changes in the recent Arctic amplification era.

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Complementary Uses of GEO and LEO Satellite Data in Alaska

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.

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September 2020 National Weather Service 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 October and the late fall/early winter season.

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VAWS: Deconstructing Surface Water in Permafrost Regions

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…

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It’s not all Sunshine in Summertime: Interior Alaska’s Changing Warm Season

We'll examine what's happening and what the coming decades may bring for Interior summers.

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August 2020 National Weather Service 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 September and the fall season.

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Juneau Hollings Scholar Presentations: Winds and Atmospheric Rivers

The Juneau National Weather Service Forecast office remotely hosted two NOAA Hollings Scholars during the summer of 2020. This webinar will cover the work of those two scholars.

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

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.

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Hollings Scholar Presentations: Exploration of the Hot Dry Windy Index and wildfire; Climate Change and overnight fire growth

Hollings Scholar students will present 1. An exploration of the Hot Dry Windy Index & its applicability to the Alaska wildfire environment 2. The challenge of a changing climate on nighttime fires in Alaska and its impacts on overnight fire growth

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Bering Science: Spring 2020 Bering Region Ocean Update

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.

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July 2020 National Weather Service 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 August and the remaining summer/early fall season.

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VAWS: Recent Advances in Water Vapor Products from Satellites for Forecasters

Forecasters routinely monitor total precipitable water (TPW) in the atmosphere via the NOAA operational blended TPW product. Upcoming improvements to these products will be discussed.

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Alaska’s berries and their changing seasons

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.

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June 2020 National Weather Service 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 July and the summer season.

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VAWS: Responses of Permafrost Landscape to Surface Disturbances – Case studies in Siberian forest and Alaskan tundra

This presentation introduces several case studies on thermokarst subsidence observed in the field and by remote sensing in various time ranges.

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May 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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

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.

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Viewing historical and future wind information for Alaska

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.

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2020 Alaska River Break-up Preview

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.

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April 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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VAWS: Future changes in Alaska snow conditions from statistically downscaled climate projections

In this presentation Jeremy Littell will describe snowpack projections from statistically downscaled precipitation and snow day fraction developed for Alaska.

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March 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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

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.

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Recent Arctic Shipping in Bering Strait and the Russian Maritime Arctic

This talk will focus on recent marine operations and shipping in the U.S. maritime Arctic and along the length of the Russian marine Arctic.

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February 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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VAWS: How NUCAPS and gridded NUCAPS can help you

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.

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VAWS: JPSS and GOES Satellite Training and Data Resources for NOAA and non-NOAA Users

This presentation will explore a comprehensive list of where NOAA and non-NOAA users alike can find JPSS and GOES satellite training resources on-line, via satellite teletraining along with conference workshops.

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January 2020 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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Alaska Garden Helper: Explore local growing conditions under a changing climate

How is climate change affecting agriculture in Alaska? This presentation will explore a new tool to answer that question.

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December 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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VAWS: Ice, water, and people – a look into how glacial lake outburst floods impact Alaska communities

During the webinar, you'll learn about how GLOFs happen, their presence in Alaska, how stakeholders have been affected by these events, what are the available resources to understand and monitor these events, and what is the potential outlook for AK.

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

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…

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Tundra be dammed: Beaver colonization of the Arctic

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…

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November 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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A Climatology of Snow to Liquid Ratios in Alaska

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.

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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…

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Working together to adapt to a rapidly changing North

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.

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October 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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September 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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

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.

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Climate change: from cutting-edge science to innovative solutions

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.

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Did Southeast Alaska drought conditions improve or worsen during the summer of 2019 and what will autumn/winter bring?

This talk will look at how the summer of 2019 turned out from a climate and drought perspective across the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and look into if the region will see a wet autumn and snowy winter.

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VAWS: What is an Atmospheric River and how do Alaska National Weather Service forecasters monitor these impactful events on communities and the hydrologic cycle?

This talk will review what we know of atmospheric rivers, how forecasters monitor these events, what type of impacts they can have on communities of Alaska, and ongoing research particular to Alaska.

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August 2019 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

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.

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The Emerging Risk of Algal Toxins in Western Alaska

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.

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Incorporating Drought Information into Wildland Fire Management Applications: Recent Research and Tool Development in California and Nevada

This presentation highlights recent efforts to incorporate drought-wildfire linkages into the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System.

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VAWS: Satellite Hydrological Products and their Utility in the Alaska Region

In this presentation, a review of the methodology used to retrieve this information will be given, then followed by several practical applications for weather forecasting and climate monitoring.

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July 2019 National Weather Service 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 the coming month and season.

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VAWS: Geostationary Satellite Improvements for Better Viewing of Alaska and Surrounding Areas

There have been many recent changes to better observe Alaska from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) perspective. The most significant change was in February 2019, when GOES-17 became NOAA’s operational West geostationary satellite.

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The WMO Arctic Regional Climate Center (ArcRCC) and Pan Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF)

This presentation will provide an overview of the ArcRCC and the latest information from the Third PARCOF held in Rovaniemi, Finland, May 8-9.

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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.

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VAWS: Improving Communication of Coastal Flood Warnings to Alaska Communities

This presentation will highlight recent success the National Weather Service has had in improving two-way communication and warnings to western Alaska communities during coastal flood events.

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VAWS: NESDIS Snowfall Rate Product and Assessment

This seminar will include a description of the snowfall rate product, algorithm validation, and its assessment at the Juneau and Anchorage WFOs.

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VAWS: Using Satellite Climate Data Records to Study the Shortwave Radiation Budget of Snow vs Sea Ice and Arctic vs Antarctic

Satellite climate data records show that decreasing sea ice cover, not changes in terrestrial snow cover, has been the dominant radiative feedback mechanism over the last few decades.

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VAWS: Insights and Resources to Guide Climate Change Communication

This talk will provide a summary of important ideas from the field of climate change communication, with a focus on practical recommendations for weather and climate professionals.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Carbon Projects in Alaska: How they work and the risks and rewards

This presentation will focus on how carbon offset projects work and the different types of forest management activities involved, all with a focus on Alaska.

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VAWS: The NOAA Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MiRS): Products, Applications, and Improvements

The presentation will cover the background of the MiRS retrieval approach, and then move on to discussion of retrieval products, user applications, and recent work aimed at scientific improvements. Where possible, examples will be chosen that are relevant to users in high-latitude regions such as Alaska.

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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.

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VAWS: New capabilities, opportunities, and challenges using GOES-17 in Alaska

This presentation will discuss the value of GOES-17, particularly the unique aspects and challenges for high latitudes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VAWS: Integrating Polar-Orbiting Products into the Forecast Routine for Explosive Cyclogenesis & Extratropical Transition

This presentation seeks to show some early analysis and potential uses of the polar-orbiting datasets to compliment the geostationary imagery and therefore lead to earlier identification and possible warnings.

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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.

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VAWS: HRRR-AK: Status and Future of a High-Resolution Forecast Model for Alaska

This talk will cover the current configuration of HRRR-AK, known strengths and weaknesses, and ongoing work at GINA toward assimilating new satellite datasets for improved HRRR-AK forecasts.

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VAWS: Seasonal Forecasting Using an Analog Technique

An IARC project with John Walsh and Rick Thoman, Brettschneider uses an analog technique to forecast seasonal conditions based on previous months’ conditions.

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VAWS: A Five-Year Study of Lightning Patterns Across Southcentral Alaska

The five-year lightning climatology will be presented along with a discussion of weather patterns that lead to thunderstorms with varying frequencies of lightning strikes across Southcentral Alaska.

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VAWS: VIIRS Imagery Applications for Fire Weather Monitoring

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite has been producing high-quality imagery since its launch in October 2011.

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VAWS: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Use of Imagery from Weather Satellites to Anticipate and Observe Breakup Flooding in Alaska

A new generation of weather satellites is helping the National Weather Service (NWS) anticipate and monitor breakup flooding in new ways.

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2018 National Climate Assessment: Overview, Alaska Chapter, and Public Input for the 2018 Report

The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present some current topical areas will include, and seek public feedback. It is hoped that the audience can provides feedback on current landscape changes that are affecting their lifestyles.

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

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…

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Climate Scenarios and Vulnerabilities in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

Nick Bond and John Walsh will briefly summarize the downscaling methods and output variables they are each generating from global climate models for the mid-21st century for the Aleutian and Bering Sea region.

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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.

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A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change: Promoting Community-Based Adaptation Planning for Climate Change in Alaska

In this presentation, Drs. Driscoll and Sunbury describe the monitoring system and the information it provides for improving public-health decision making.

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Climate Change Research on the Copper River Delta: The Emerging Effect of Local Variation

There are two areas of emphasis: (1) the timing of emergence of aquatic invertebrates in ponds across the entire Copper River Delta; and (2) variation in thermal regimes among streams and the associated salmon populations on the Delta.

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Climate Change and Potential Impacts on Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Populations

This webinar will describe a conceptual model that is used to synthesize results from over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles to describe current trends in salmon populations, responses to climate change, predicted responses to climate change, and research needs in Alaska.

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