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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.


Rick Thoman / 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 this year's very low Arctic sea ice extent.  

Ice at Historic Lows

Sep 17, 2020
Rick Thoman

A study finds that winter ice in the Bering Sea has been at its lowest levels in the last 5,500 years. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.


Rick Thoman / 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 record low Arctic sea ice.

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 regrowth of sea ice during this winter's abnormal cold.

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.

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 this year's abnormally high sea temperatures.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. military increasingly relies on Alaska, both to provide a base of operations to maintaining dominance of the Indian and Pacific oceans to the south and to enable the Coast Guard and Navy to maintain control of U.S. Arctic waters, to the north. Mattis spoke at a news conference this morning at Eielson Air Force Base.


NOAA/National Weather Service

National Weather Service climate expert Rick Thoman says there’s a good chance that all of Alaska will be warmer than normal in August and the next couple of months. But he says there’s near-certainty that coastal areas along the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering and Beaufort seas will be warm through October.


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