About Us

A university-federal partnership

As a partnership between the University of Alaska and the United States Geological Survey, the AK CASC is Congressionally mandated to meet state and federal needs around climate impacts, adaptation, and resilience.

Hosted by UAFs International Arctic Research Center with a USGS-hosted office in Anchorage, the Alaska CASC provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and others interested in land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to adapt to climate change.

Research directions

Our research directions are determined by representatives of federal, state, tribal, and regional organizations. We aim to meet high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also is pertinent to and addresses management needs.

  • We create and use high-resolution climate models and derivative products to help forecast ecological and population responses at national, regional, and local scales
  • We integrate physical climate models with ecological, habitat, and population response models
  • We develop methods to assess vulnerability of species, habitats, and human communities
  • We develop standardized approaches to modeling, monitoring, data management and decision support

We make climate models Alaska-relevant

Find local climate data for many Northern communities through the UAF Scenarios Network for Arctic + Alaska Planning (SNAP). Global climate models are often too large-scale and coarse to be useful for local or regional decision making. Therefore, the AK CASC works with SNAP to create detailed models of future climate trends for communities.

We inform communities through research

The Integrated Ecosystem Model project helps communities and resource managers understand the impacts of climate change on moose and caribou habitat, and subsequent impacts to subsistence and sport hunters.

Tribal Resilience Planning works with communities to address local climate issues and concerns, and encourages adaptation efforts through workshops on available tools and climate models.

We respond to stakeholder needs

Wildfire Projections in Interior Alaska informs seasonal and multi-year fire weather forecasts to guide land management and operational decision making.

Streamflow Models in Southeast Alaska predicts future flows and extreme events to better evaluate management actions like culvert and bridge replacement, floodplain restoration, and hydropower development.

Modeling Arctic Landscape Change assesses the vulnerability of Arctic and western Alaska landscapes to future climate change.

Glacier Outburst Flood Modeling projects the size and timing of peak streamflow for glacial outburst flood events to evaluate and forecast future events.

The CASC network

We are one of 8 regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers that provide tools and information to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.

Contact information

Established: 2010

Host Institution:  University of Alaska Fairbanks

Location:
UAF Troth Yeddha' Campus
2160 Koyukuk Dr, PO Box 757245
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7340

General Contact: Email AK CASC

Director Contact:  Dr. Stephen T. Gray, Director

National Climate Adapatation Science Center

U.S. Department of the Interior

Walter Hill from Quinhagak shares his observations of change to a group.
Preparing a drone for a flight survey (Photo Molly Tankersley).
Coastal erosion is an increasing concern in Alaska.