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Southeast Alaska Drought and Extreme Events Workshop Hosted by Alaska RISA team

  • 5 May 2022
Southeast Alaska Drought and Extreme Events Workshop Hosted by Alaska RISA team

In March 2022, the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, a NOAA RISA team, hosted a workshop titled “Drought and Extreme Events: Building collaborations to enhance data, decision making, and adaptation planning in Southeast Alaska”. The workshop was held in Juneau, Alaska and aimed to share the latest research, data decision support tools, and local monitoring efforts conducted by residents of predominantly rural Southeast Alaska communities. Participants included agencies, academic researchers, Tribes, and others to assess the potential impacts of both drought and extreme events on both the natural and built environments. The workshop included talks and focus groups covering the topics of weather and climate, the forest environment, socioeconomics, and streams and salmon (including the marine environment).

The goal of this workshop was to build on existing efforts and assist with the development of community-driven adaptation strategies to serve the specific needs, challenges, and opportunities of remote, temperate rainforest communities. The workshop had 82 participants and included talks and participants who attended virtually, as well as in-person from across Southeast Alaska.

A final workshop report summarizing the resources and tools available and appropriate for adaptation planning in Southeast Alaska will be released later this year. The report will also include recommendations for future products and research. It will be available on the ACCAP website, through the Northwest Climate Hub, the Southeast Sustainable Partnership, and on the collaborative Adapt Alaska website hosted by Alaska Sea Grant.

Read more about the workshop on the ACCAP website »

Read more about the workshop on the Alaska Native News website »

For more information, contact Genie Bey.

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