A whole ecosystem approach to studying climate change in interior Alaska

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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Abstract

Yukon River Basin Principal Investigators Workshop; Portland, Oregon, 18-20 January 2011; High latitudes are known to be particularly susceptible to climate warming, leading to an emphasis of field and modeling research on arctic regions. Subarctic and boreal regions such as the Yukon River Basin (YRB) of interior Alaska and western Canada are less well studied, although they encompass large areas that are vulnerable to changes in forest composition, permafrost distribution, and hydrology. There is an urgent need to understand the resiliency and vulnerability of these complex ecosystems as well as their feedbacks to the global climate system. Consequently, U.S. Geological Survey scientists, with other federal agency, university, and private industry partners, is focusing subarctic interdisciplinary studies on the Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River watershed (http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ak/en/prog/nlcs/beavercrk_nwsr.html) and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge (http://yukonflats.fws.gov/) in the YRB, south and west of Fort Yukon, Alaska. These areas are national treasures of wetlands, lakes, and uplands that support large populations of wildlife and waterfowl and are home to vibrant native Alaskan communities that depend on the area for a subsistence lifestyle.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A whole ecosystem approach to studying climate change in interior Alaska
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/2011EO180010
Volume 92
Issue 18
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Branch of Regional Research-Central Region
Description 1 p.
First page 155
Last page 155
Country United States
State Alaska