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Craig Ely

We propose to develop a Yukon-Kuskokwim Berry Outlook: a data- and observer-driven ecological monitoring and modeling framework that forecasts changes in berry habitat and abundance with climate and environmental change. Berry-producing plants are extremely important to human and wildlife communities of the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta. Berry yield can be influenced by snow cover, rainfall, soil moisture, air temperature, availability of insect pollinators, and seasonal weather extremes; and berry habitat can be altered by more frequent tidal inundation, increased frequency of storm surges, and permafrost deterioration, all of which may be significantly impacted by climate change. In a recent survey of Alaskan environmental...
The Western Alaska LCC, the Department of Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center​ and the Bureau of Land Management brought together 150 land and resource managers, field specialists, researchers and local knowledge experts to identify climate change related priority science/information needs for land and resource management in western Alaska. The workshop results help inform development of the LCC’s Science Strategy, which will guide the LCC’s efforts over the next ten years. The workshop was modeled in part after the 2007 WildREACH Workshop for the arctic region. Attendance was by invitation; workshop organizers sought diverse cross-program and cross-agency participation.
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