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Arctic Report Card: Background and Key Finding

January 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presenter(s): Rick Thoman (ACCAP); Zack Labe (Princeton University and NOAA GFDL); Erik Schoen (International Arctic Research Center); and Roberta Glenn (Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub)

Sponsor(s): NOAA/OAR/Climate Program Office and the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Seminar Contact(s): Alison Hayden ( & Genie Bey (

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Abstract: The Arctic Report Card annually updates the state of the Arctic climate and the ways the changing Arctic is impacting people. This year’s Report Card also includes essays on the divergent response of western Alaska salmon during this time of warming climate and of the value of Indigenous environmental observations in Alaska. This ACCAP webinar will review these highlights of the 2023 Report Card with reports from several essay authors. The Arctic Report Card is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with international author teams and released at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Bio(s): Rick Thoman is the Alaska Climate Specialist with ACCAP and has many years of experience producing reliable Alaska climate change information and graphics describing Alaska’s changing environment. His work spans the bridge between climate modeling, Alaska communities, and the media.
Zack Labe is a postdoctoral researcher working at NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University. His current research interests explore the intersection of climate variability, extreme events, decadal prediction, and data science methods. In addition to academic research, he is working to improve science communication, accessibility, and outreach through engaging data visualizations.Erik Schoen is a fisheries biologist who studies the effects of environmental change on fish populations and aquatic food webs. His research uses field, lab, experimental, and quantitative approaches to tackle problems with implications for natural resource management, conservation, and habitat restoration. Much of his recent research focuses on how Alaskan salmon are responding to a changing environment. Roberta Glen is the Project Coordinator and Community Liaison for the Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub. She is Iupiaq and works to develop and maintain strong relationships with Alaska communities so that data and observations can be as useful as possible.

Slides, Recordings, Other Materials: Slides, links shared during the presentation, and a recording may be found after the meeting at the URL listed above.


January 17
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm