About the Alaska CSC
Host Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Location: University of Alaska Anchorage
Established: March 2010
Point of Contact: Dr. Stephen T. Gray, Director
In early 2011, the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) opened as the first of eight regional Climate Science Centers. The Alaska CSC provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. The AK CSC is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and physically housed within the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).
In addition to its relationship with UAF and UAA, the Alaska CSC has also developed strong partnerships with faculty from the University of Alaska Southeast, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the USDA Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Together these partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, environmental impacts assessment , modeling, cultural impacts, and advanced information technology. These partnerships are essential for addressing climate issues in Alaska, where changes in temperature and precipitation are already having significant impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
The Alaska CSC sponsors a summer school specifically designed to immerse a new generation of scientists in the opportunities and challenges of climate modeling. This summer, 19 students attended the summer school.
Alaska Climate Science Center Ribbon Cutting
February 24, 2011
Department of the Interior and University of Alaska Dedicate Climate Science Center
University of Alaska