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CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region 14 January 2020

CPO’s Alaska RISA team co-authors book chapter on drivers of landscape change in the Northwest Boreal Region

The book aims to create a resource for regional land and resource managers and researchers that synthesizes the latest research on the historical and current status of landscape-scale drivers (including anthropogenic activities) and ecosystem processes, future projected changes of each, and the effects of changes on important resources in the region.

Mapping weather, water, ice, and climate information providers in Polar Regions: who are they and who do they serve? 14 January 2020

Mapping weather, water, ice, and climate information providers in Polar Regions: who are they and who do they serve?

The provision and use of weather, water, ice and climate information plays a key role in ensuring that polar activities are conducted as safely as possible and can contribute to a reduction of the environmental footprint of human activities.

New research explores using Arctic system science research to coproduce sea ice decisions support tools 14 January 2020

New research explores using Arctic system science research to coproduce sea ice decisions support tools

Improving situational awareness and crisis response are key priorities in reducing potential risks associated with sea ice and environmental-related hazards in the Arctic.

Headwaters Economics and Great Lakes RISA team release report on using economics to support climate adaptation 20 December 2019

Headwaters Economics and Great Lakes RISA team release report on using economics to support climate adaptation

The new report includes strategies, methods, and case studies of cities that have used economic data and methods to advance climate adaptation programs.

Anthropogenic climate change “overwhelmingly likely contributor” to 2018 record low Bering Sea ice extent 20 December 2019

Anthropogenic climate change “overwhelmingly likely contributor” to 2018 record low Bering Sea ice extent

Led by Rick Thoman (Climate Specialist with CPO’s Alaska RISA), the authors found that with ongoing global warming, such low levels like the 2018 extent could be typical by the 2040s.

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