Bering Sea

Savannah Sandy

A cruise brought researchers from universities around the country to the Bering and Chukchi seas last month to monitor ocean ecosystems. As KUAC’s Mary Auld reports, the annual trip went off later than normal due to the pandemic.

Films Chronicle Sea Ice Loss Effects

Oct 19, 2020
Mwita Chacha

A new series of films documents the first-hand experiences of the indigenous people whose ways of life are being transformed as Bering Sea ice diminishes. Mary Auld reports.


U.S. jet fighters have scrambled at least a dozen times so far this year to intercept Russian military aircraft that fly into airspace off Alaska’s coasts. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says that’s the highest number of intercepts that NORAD has responded to in recent years. And Sen. Dan Sullivan says it’s part of Russia’s policy of expanding its influence and military presence in the Arctic.

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the factors which drive sea ice formation along Alaska's northern coastlines.

National Weather Service

The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.