Alaska's IAWG 2008 Final Report: Recommendations Report to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change
Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address climate change threats to the State's communities. The IAWG examined the needs and priorities of a sub-set of communities under imminent threat from climate change impacts, including Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok, Shaktoolik, Shismaref, and Unalakleet. This is the first annual report, and it is applicable to recommended actions for 2008-2009. .
Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting
This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.
Resource Category: Assessments
This report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) summarizes the science of climate change and its impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes climate change impacts by U.S. regions and sectors. The regions addressed include: Alaska, Coastal, Islands, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest. The sector chapters include: agriculture, ecosystems, energy supply and use, human health, society, transportation, and water resources.
Resource Category: Assessments
Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) of the Governor’s Executive Subcabinet on Climate Change was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address impacts to the state's communities from climate change. The Workgroup released its first report in 2008, addressing known climate threats to communities caused by coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, flooding, and fires. The climate impacts are assessed and recommendations are made for each of the Alaskan communities of Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok, Shaktoolik, Shismaref, and Unalakleet.
Resource Category: Planning
The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center is one of eight regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) under the Department of the Interior (DOI) managed by the U. S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center. The mission of the Centers and National CASC is to "deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. " CASCs provide the tools that managers need to develop and implement strategies that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.
The primary mission of this center is to respond to inquiries concerning the meteorology and climatology of Alaska from public, private, and government agencies, and from researchers around the world. Most of the climatological data available for Alaska has been accumulated in Fairbanks and by the state climatologist in Anchorage at the Alaska State Climate Center. This Research Center archives digital climate records, develops climate statistics, and writes monthly weather summaries, which are published in several newspapers around the state and in Weatherwise magazine.
The Alaska State Climate Center (ASCC) provides climatological information and and official weather data to the public. The Center is operated by the Alaska State Climatologist, Dr. Peter Olsson and the ASCC staff on the main campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The Climate Center is a component of UAA's Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) which conducts research in high-latitude bio- and geosciences. The ASCC works closely with the federal, state, regional and local agencies who are responsible for data collection/stewardship to provide their clients with the highest quality and most up-to-date data possible.
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a not-for-profit tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. The Consortium was created in 1997 to provide statewide Native health services.
Alaska Sea Grant supports marine and coastal research, provides education and extension services, distributes information about Alaska's seas and coasts, and provides funding to scientific researchers and graduate students. Their Marine Advisory Program is for fishermen, boat operators, coastal residents, tour guides, the seafood industry, and others who make a living from or enjoy the waters of Alaska. This program produces and distributes a variety of publications for the general public, K-12 educators, fishermen, and others.
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is part of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. Based in the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, ACCAP aims to assess the socio-economic and biophysical impacts of climate variability in Alaska, and make this information available to state and local decision-makers to improve the ability of Alaskan's to adapt to a changing climate.