National Ecological Observatory Network In Alaska: Taiga and Tundra

Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 10 am AK/ 11 am PT: The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is hosting a webinar to describe new NEON study sites in Alaska. Presented by: Katrine Gorham, NEON Field Operations Manager, Alaska. Register here.

As part of the continental scale National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), study sites are being developed in the Alaska Taiga and Tundra regions. NEON will gather long-term data on ecological responses of the biosphere to changes in land use and climate, and on feedbacks with the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Please join us for an overview of the NEON project and look ahead at development activities planned for Alaska.

For further information about the NEON program in general watch this video.

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Good Press for Alaska and NW Canada LCCs Conference and Joint Steering Committee Meeting

A great article about the Alaska and Northwest Canada LCCs and Alaska Climate Science Center Climate, Conservation and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada conference, and the Alaska and Northwest Canada LCC’s joint Steering Committee meeting appeared in a recent Outdoor News Bulletin from the Wildlife Management Institute.

Click here for the full article.


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Webinar – Partnerships, Leveraging, & Thinking Large-scale/ Long-term: Mon. 12/15 2pm AK

This coming Monday, Dec. 15th from 2-3:30pm, all five Alaska LCCs will be hosting a webinar highlighting partnerships, leveraging, and thinking Large-scale/ Long Term in conservation. Topics and presenters include:

  • Suzanne Worker – Western Alaska LCC: From Reach to Region: Promoting a Voluntary Statewide Freshwater Temperature Monitoring Network
  • John DeLapp – Northwest Boreal LCC: Landscape Conservation Design in the Northwest Boreal
  • John Mankowski – North Pacific LCC: Engaging Indigenous People and Knowledge in Our Conservation Network
  • Aaron Poe – Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC: Climate Vulnerabilities in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

These topics are selWebinar Flyer WEBect presentations by Science Applications staff from the National Large Landscape Conservation Network Workshop, and the joint LCC and Alaska Climate Science Center Climate Conservation and Community in Alaska and Northwest Canada Conference.

Please join us in the Gordon Watson Room in Anchorage, the Refuges Conference Room in Fairbanks or via WebEx (click here for connection information).

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NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Announces Funding Solicitation

Notices of intent due January 20, 2015, proposals due March 20, 2015 as part of the ROSES-14 Amendendment 43: Task A4 Terrestrial Ecology Program. The focus of this solicitation is the initial research to begin the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign – a large-scale study of ecosystem responses to environmental change in western North America’s Arctic and boreal region and the implications for social-ecological systems. The Overarching Science Question for ABoVE is:

How vulnerable or resilient are ecosystems and society to environmental change in the Arctic and boreal region of western North America?

Research for ABoVE will link field-based, process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from airborne and satellite sensors, building a foundation for improving the analysis and modeling capabilities needed to understand and predict ecosystem responses and societal implications. This solicitation primarily invites proposals for research investigations to begin the field program and to develop the ABoVE Implementation Plan, which will detail the specific activities to be carried out (what, when, where, how, for how long, etc.) based upon the investigator studies that are selected for participation by NASA and its partner organizations in ABoVE.

The scientific rationales and societal importance for ABoVE, as well as specific science questions to be addressed and the study’s top-level requirements are documented in the ABoVE Concise Experiment Plan. Many aspects of NASA’s organizational structure, management support, interagency/international partnerships, geographical focus, and collaboration/investigation policies have been established; relevant detailed information for proposers is provided in Section 2 of this solicitation and on this landing page at the ABoVE Web Site.

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Three Upcoming Yukon Climate Adaptation Talks on livestream

Bioclimatic Envelopes, Climate Projections and the Implications for Adaptation 505876ac-12b1-463b-8092-a61fecd97db7_170x255Strategies for Yukon’s Boreal Forest: Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

Presented by: Del Meidinger (Meidinger Ecological Consultants) and Nadele Flyn (Environment Yukon). Talk Outline: Understanding how our ecosystems will adapt to a changing climate is important especially for Yukoners who rely on traditional food sources. In this study, Environment Yukon researchers will look at projected future distribution of ecosystem climate envelopes and explore how the mapping and projections could be used to inform ecosystem management. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

The Mountain Pine Beetle in Novel Habitats: Predicting Impacts to Northern Forests in a Warming Environment (1/2): Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

Presented by: Allan Carrol (University British Columbia). Talk Outline: Forest Management Branch and University of British Columbia researchers will look at climate scenarios in which mountain pine beetle could establish and spread in lodgepole pine forests of Yukon. The study will examine the characteristics of Yukon’s northern pine forests to see how susceptible pine trees are to mountain pine beetles and investigate the potential impact the beetles could have on the lodgepole pine trees in Yukon. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

Examining Forest Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Developing Resilience Enhancement Strategies through Long-Term Community Partnerships in Yukon (2/2): Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm PT (6:30 pm AK)

9f2de463-feef-462a-b5fc-4b962466f9d9_170x255Presented by: Scott Green (University Northern British Columbia). Talk Outline: Building on previous AANDC funded research in the Teslin area, the Energy, Mines and Resources-Forest Management Branch in partnership with the community of Teslin and the University of Northern British Columbia is identifying forest-related vulnerabilities to climate change and community adaptation options through a participatory approach. Community members and research partners have been working together to tailor a project design that addresses relevant questions and appropriate outcomes for the Village of Teslin. This event will be broadcast on livestream.

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NASA maps Alaska forest

DELETE MEFrom Alaska Dispatch News — October 18, 2014

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered to survey the Tanana Valley State Forest of Interior Alaska.

The airborne investigation looks at fire-burned areas in the forest to enable scientists to see patterns of fire recovery and develop a benchmark for future changes to the region.


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Webinar: Making Progress on Food Security in the North American North

Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 10:00 am AK/ 11:00 am PT

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is hosting a webinar by Dr. Philip Loring, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.

Food security is a world-wide societal challenge, and one area of the world where food insecurity is increasing is the North American Arctic and Subarctic. In this presentation Dr. Loring reviews research on food security in general and as it has been executed in the phil_loringNorth over the last 15 years. He reviews a comprehensive set of findings regarding why people are food insecure: challenges like remoteness and climate change play a role, but the primary drivers of food insecurity for northern peoples continue to be governance and policy issues, issues that have been recognized and critiqued for many decades. In light of new challenges to the rights of indigenous peoples in the North such as climate change and development, Loring offers suggestions for future research and policy that focuses on place-based and rights-based approaches to planning and development.

Register here.

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Challenges & Benefits of Broad-scale Management & Conservation: Lessons learned from 50 years and 3 continents

Webinar presented by: Dr. Erik Beever, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS.

September 25, 2014, 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Description: Integration of conservation efforts across geographic, biological, and Captureadministrative boundaries is a major movement in natural-resource management. This style of management and problem-solving is increasingly relevant, because drivers of change such as climate shifts, fire, and invasive species increasingly transcend these multidimensional boundaries and pervade conservation efforts on individual sites. Although the benefits of broad-scale conservation are compelling, it represents a complex challenge, owing to uncertainties in scaling up information and concepts as well as in coordination that addresses a more-diverse set of issues, governance structures, and partners. I and other researchers sought to explore the particular successes and challenges of established broad-scale conservation programs, to provide direction for future research towards a larger goal of enhancing effectiveness of broad-scale conservation (e.g., the LCC system). Using 17 questions, we gathered information from representatives of a diverse set of 11 broad-scale conservation partnerships spanning 29 countries on three continents. Despite demonstrated successes of these organizations, we revealed specific challenges that can hinder long-term success of broad-scale conservation. Engaging stakeholders, developing conservation measures, and implementing adaptive management were dominant challenges. Although these challenges have been identified previously in isolation, we used our results to develop integrative research questions addressing each of these challenges to inform and support effectiveness of existing and emerging broad-scale conservation efforts. I will share a list of challenges and a list of benefits reported by those engaged in broad-scale management and conservation around the world, as well as results regarding individual parts of the conservation process.

To register, click here.

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Developing forest adaptation strategies for northern forests in an uncertain future

NECSC-logoWednesday, October 1, 2014 – 3:30pm EDT

Associate Professor, Forest Resources

Climate change and associated stressors are expected to greatly impact the ability of forest managers to sustainably manage and conserve forest habitats across the northeastern United States.  As a result, adaptation strategies are being developed and applied in many regions to minimize climate change impacts and sustain key forest functions under uncertain future environmental conditions. Given that many of these strategies deviate from traditional approaches to forest management, there is a great need for field evaluations of adaptation in practice to inform long-term planning efforts to address climate change impacts.  Similarly, the long timeframes over which forests develop and management actions operate has increased the importance of decision support tools, such as forest and landscape-simulation models, to evaluate forest conservation practices under future climate change scenarios. This webinar will highlight the importance of field-based studies for assessing the effectiveness of adaptation strategies at addressing climate change and invasive species impacts and will provide an example of how landscape simulation models are being applied to identify forest conservation priorities for highly vulnerable, spruce-fir ecosystems in the northeastern United States. Read more and find the webinar link here.

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Changing Cold Regions Network – Water, Ecosystem, Cryosphere and Climate Observations

CCRN Ecoregions and ObservatoriesThe Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN) is a new collaborative research network bringing together the unique expertise of a team of over 50 university and government scientists, including 36 Canadian scientists representing 4 government agencies and 8 universities, as well as 15 international scientists.  The network is funded for 5 years through the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) Initiative of NSERC. CCRN’s objectives are to integrate existing and new sources of data with improved predictive and observational tools to understand, diagnose and predict interactions amongst the cryospheric, ecological, hydrological, and climatic components of the changing Earth system at multiple scales, with a geographic focus on Western Canada’s rapidly changing cold interior.

Focused field research activities under CCRN take place at a suite of key Water, Ecosystem, Cryosphere and Climate (WECC) Observatories, which are distributed across western and northern Canada. Many sites are within the Northwest Boreal LCC.


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