Chukchi 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.


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.


A first step toward a second Alaskan deep-water port project …

Offshore drilling bust halts port-expansion study…


ASRC

The Arctic Energy Summit’s agenda didn’t include any presentations on Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to halt offshore oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea. But the subject was clearly on the mind of attendees during the second day of the international forum in Fairbanks.

It’s a challenge for news media to keep up their reporting on climate change’s impact on the Arctic, because of the pace of change and scientists new findings on, for example, the melting of polar sea ice.

The Inupiat people of Point Hope, Alaska, celebrate a successful whaling season with song and dance.