Climate Change

A whale's tail dripping water as it rises above the water's surface
Understanding the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems is a research and monitoring priority.
  • A whale's tail dripping water as it rises above the water's surface

    Understanding the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems is a research and monitoring priority.

  • NPS researcher using a device in a snow coated landscape

    NPS researchers are monitoring the mass and volume of glaciers to track the effects of climate change.

  • Thaw slump in the land

    Melting permafrost can cause major changes in the landscape, including this thaw slump in Noatak National Preserve.

It is the vision of the National Park Service in Alaska to adapt to climate change and effectively preserve and restore park resources and opportunities for visitor enjoyment in Alaska. Through collaboration with our employees, partners, and the public, the NPS teaches, promotes climate change science, and uses the best management practices and sustainable behaviors that will help preserve park resources and provide for visitor enjoyment in the face of climate change.

Alaska Climate Change Response Strategy

The NPS Alaska Region Climate Change Response Strategy (Strategy) outlines current and expected impacts of climate change on park resources, assets and operations in the Alaska Region and recommendations for addressing those effects. Download full report  Download Summary

Science and Climate Change

The National Park Service will uncover and apply the best available climate science. By collaborating with scientific agencies and institutions, we can address the specific needs of park managers and park partners as they confront the challenges of climate change. Specifically, enhancements to current monitoring of park resources and directed research to understand impacts are currently underway.

National Park Service Climate Change Program

In 2010, the National Park Service adopted a formal response strategy for climate change focused on four primary areas of action - science, adaptation, mitigation, and communication. Visit the national program site to learn more.

Communication and Climate Change

The Alaska Region of the National Park Service is dedicated to increasing public and employee awareness and understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, and the measures that will reduce or mitigate these effects.

 

Enhanced Monitoring in a Changing Climate

The following series of resource briefs, Enhanced Monitoring in a Changing Climate, summarize the enhancements to region-wide monitoring efforts in Alaska parks.

Enhancements to on-going monitoring efforts in sub-regions, or networks, within Alaska are summarized below.

Last Updated: April 9, 2014