Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub

Community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska's Arctic.

This website provides Northern Alaska coastal communities with the tools, resources, and scientific support to share their expertise and observations of environmental change. Observations currently focus on changes in sea ice, permafrost, and coastal waters. Community-based observations and the joint development of a knowledge resource on cryosphere change will be used to aid in knowledge sharing and will emphasize changes in the seasonal cycle as it affects community activities and access to resources and subsistence harvest species.

A Knowledge Hub is being developed that provides tools and observational data of relevance to communities in the context of a changing seasonal cycle and will offer community members opportunities to share insights and observations to support the information-sharing goals. Currently, the Hub includes protocols for sea ice measurement, a mapping application for sea ice extent near Barrow, and connections to other relevant databases for communities in Northern Alaska.

The activities of the AAOKH are guided by community input and a Science Steering Group, which welcomes input at any time from communities.

Banner image: Photo by Billy Adams. Used with permission.
Last modified
31 January 2018 - 3:59pm