Hollings Scholar: Impacts of extreme weather events in Alaska
Using a database of storm and other extreme events, the Hollings Scholar compiled a catalog of impacts and determined links between extreme events and impacts.
- Infrastructure damage e.g. buildings flooded, roads washed out
- Societal impacts, e.g., fatalities, evacuations (required and precautionary), transportation disruptions and delays, public facility delays and closures (e.g. school)
- Environmental impacts, e.g. erosion, vegetation damage, animal impacts
Sources of information (available via web or UAF library) :
- Post event governmental reports (federal, state, local and native/tribal agencies)
- Complementary media accounts, e.g. newspapers
- Regionality of event impacts, e.g. I’d expect freezing rain is more impactful in northern Alaska than Southeast: flooding has greater impact for communities not on the road system.
- Areal scale of events vs. impacts