The study showed that more than half of the birders’ money is spent in Southeast Alaska.
Through the project, music composers will interpret glacier outburst floods, high latitude mirages and arctic sea ice changes.
A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist said that the reason why Western Alaska is getting windier is that it will soon inherit the Aleutian Islands’ storms. In today’s climate, the Aleutian islands are the windiest area in Alaska.
Seal meat makes up a good portion of what’s in subsistence hunters’ freezers in Kotzebue. But the sea ice the seals haul out on is diminishing, and new research shows that’s shortening the window to hunt seals.
Last month was the wettest July in Bethel in more than 90 years, with 4.22 inches of rainfall.
The record was driven in part by a heavy rainstorm that set Kotzebue’s single-day precipitation record.
Last year saw the lowest fall sea ice extent in the Chukchi Sea on record — and this year’s sea ice extent is still way below the historical average.
Thoman says that temperatures have been considerably warmer on average since about 2012.
On Wednesday morning, temperatures in the North Slope hub community of Utqiaġvik reached 20 degrees below zero, a record low for April 29.
Historically, Arctic communities have had thick layers of sea ice to help buffer those storms, but that protection is disappearing.