Changing Ice: A Newsletter of Cryosphere Research in Alaska
by Yuri Bult-Ito
December 2012 marked the inaugural issue of Changing Ice: A Newsletter of Cryosphere Research in Alaska, a biannual newsletter with contributions from IARC researchers Sarah Trainor, Hajo Eicken, and Alessio Gusmeroli.
Cryosphere changes in the Alaska region in the last decade have been dramatic. Widespread glacier retreat, reduction of summer sea ice, decreased snow season, thawing permafrost, and thinner and less durable freshwater ice are among the clearest signs of worldwide climate change. Everyone who lives, works, or does business in Alaska will need to adapt to changes in the cryosphere. Knowledge about the current and future state of the frozen part of the State is crucial for managing the future Arctic Ocean, hydroelectric resources, evaluating flood hazards, assessing the condition of winter pathways, and adapting to the profound ecophysical changes expected for the various regions of Alaska. Several scientists in Alaska devote their time to studying cryosphere processes. In this Newsletter we highlight projects and discoveries led by Alaskan scientists engaged in cryosphere research with the hope to create a tool that allows efficient communication between scientists and stakeholders.