CHANGES TO PERMAFROST IN ALASKA: OBSERVATIONS and MODELING led by VLADIMIR ROMANOVSKY
ACCAP Monthly Alaska Climate Webinar topic is CHANGES TO PERMAFROST IN ALASKA: OBSERVATIONS and MODELING led by VLADIMIR ROMANOVSKY, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Observed and predicted climatic changes will inevitably change the energy and mass fluxes at the land surface and, as a result, the near-surface and subsurface physical conditions in the Alaskan Arctic and Sub-Arctic. This will trigger changes in ecosystems and infrastructure because the stability of these systems in the north relies on the stability of ice that, so far, holds these systems together. If recent warming trends in the Arctic continue, it will take several centuries to millennia for permafrost to disappear completely in the areas where it is now actively warming and thawing. In losing permafrost, we are losing the stability of these systems. Negative consequences of this degradation will be pronounced from the very beginning because the highest ice content in permafrost is usually found in the upper few tens of meters. In this presentation we will discuss possible effects of degrading permafrost in the Alaskan Arctic and Sub-Arctic on hydrology, ecosystems, infrastructure, and the carbon cycle. Registration is strongly encouraged! Please fill out the web-form at: http://www.uaf.edu/accap/teleconference.htm#register or contact: Brook Gamble, Outreach and Education Specialist, at 907) 474-7812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions on how to Participate / Call and Log-In to the Webinar: http://www.uaf.edu/accap/teleconference.htm. To join us in person: If you are in Fairbanks, go to ACCAP/SNAP’s new office: Floor 2 of the Denali Building, 3354 College Road.