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Our Mission

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative promotes coordination, dissemination, and developme​nt of applied science to inform landscape level conservation, including terrestrial-marine linkages, in the face of landscape scale stressors, focusing on climate change. ​

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Join us for these upcoming webinars - follow the links for details:

30 April - ​The Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) for Alaska and Northwest Canada: current status and applications in natural resource management and policy with Dave McGuire & the IEM Team (UAF)

6 May - ​Broad-scale lake and permafrost dynamics in the Western Alaska LCC region​ with Guido Grosse, Prajna Lindgren, and Vladimire Romanovsky

Recordings of Recent Webinars

9 April - Where we are and where we need to be to understand regional water temperature trends: establishing minimum data collection standards for stream temperature monitoring in Alaska​ with Marcus Geist (UAA ANHP), Sue Mauger (CIk), and Becky Shaftel (UAA ANHP)​

Distributed Permafrost Observatory

In 2011-2012, 26 automated monitoring stations were established in northwest Alaska to collect temperature data from the active layer and permafrost. These observations were used to create a map of permafrost temperature and to support modeling of future conditions. Learn more about the products and projections resulting from this project here.


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Western Alaska Tribal Engagement

Native peoples in western Alaska have long-standing interactions with the lands, water, fish, wildlife and plants of the region. Alaska Native partners bring historical knowledge and a holistic perspective that is important to understanding the changes we are seeing today.  Visit our Tribal Engagement page​ to learn more ​​about our approach.

Subsistence Salmon Netting_USFWS photo R.B. Whitcomb_cropped300px.jpgFor an example of how we're engaging with Alaska Natives at the project level, browse the Climate Change Health Assessments​ compiled by our collaborators at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium​.

​Science and Decision-Maker Needs

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The ability to achieve our mission - providing science products that can help support conservation efforts - depends on successfully identifying what information decision makers need. Selection of topics for LCC focus takes place through workshops with decision makers and experts as well as Steering Committee deliberations. The LCC has an ongoing requirement that project proposals include contact information for decision makers who would utilize the proposed products. Learn more about LCC priorities and how they are determined on the Science page. ​ 

LCCs in Alaska

There are five LCCs in Alaskapart of an LCC National Network comprised of 22 individual LCCs that span most of the continent.