Alaska

  • 11.01.15

    United States Department Of Veterans Affairs: Research Highlights 2015

    This report prepared by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs includes a few quick facts related to veteran populations, occupations and years of service. ...

    This report prepared by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs includes a few quick facts related to veteran populations, occupations and years of service. 

    Veterans Highlights Report 1

  • 12.31.14

    Alaska's National Climate Assessment

    Climate change is a looming problem for the world. However, many people struggle to understand the true impact of climate change because the terms are difficult to understand in real terms - how will this affect my country? my state? my community? me? The National Climate Assessment breaks down the effects of clim...

    Climate change is a looming problem for the world. However, many people struggle to understand the true impact of climate change because the terms are difficult to understand in real terms - how will this affect my country? my state? my community? me?

    The National Climate Assessment breaks down the effects of climate change into specific regions of the United States. This article specifically focuses on Alaska. It finds some key changes in Alaska due to climate change:

    Disappearing Sea Ice: Arctic summer sea ice is receding faster than previously projected and is expected to virtually disappear before mid-century. This is altering marine ecosystems and leading to greater ship access, offshore development opportunity, and increased community vulnerability to coastal erosion.

    Shrinking Glaciers: Most glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia are shrinking substantially. This trend is expected to continue and has implications for hydropower production, ocean circulation patterns, fisheries, and global sea level rise.

    Thawing Permafrost: Permafrost temperatures in Alaska are rising, a thawing trend that is expected to continue, causing multiple vulnerabilities through drier landscapes, more wildfire, altered wildlife habitat, increased cost of maintaining infrastructure, and the release of heat-trapping gases that increase climate warming.

    Changing Ocean Temperatures and Chemistry: Current and projected increases in Alaska’s ocean temperatures and changes in ocean chemistry are expected to alter the distribution and productivity of Alaska’s marine fisheries, which lead the U.S. in commercial value.

    Native Communities: The cumulative effects of climate change in Alaska strongly affect Native communities, which are highly vulnerable to these rapid changes but have a deep cultural history of adapting to change.