The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is seeking an energetic graduate student enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The person will evaluate the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) – a web-based resource designed to support (1) Alaska Native communities and other stakeholders interested in sea ice and walruses in northwest Alaska and (2) and National Weather Service (NWS) sea ice forecasts via feedback from community observers.
Autumn 2019 began with drought or abnormal dryness in southern Alaska and ended with rain. However, overall dry conditions have been in place for a couple years, and ecosystem services (e.g. fish flows) sensitive to long term precipitation will require more rain and higher elevation snows to return to normal. Read about the Sept-Nov season and see what early 2020 has in store.