Uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change are the new norm confronting social-ecological systems. As northern rural and urban communities face new challenges, adaptive governance provides a collaborative pathway that integrates science policy in decision-making focused on inclusiveness, innovation, and stewardship.
Juneau COVID-19 Impacts
The impacts of COVID 19 on the community of Juneau have been dramatic and widespread. A collaborative case study funded by NSF focuses on several areas in real time, including local governance, healthcare systems, economics, tourism, and the Indigenous population.
SE Alaska COVID 19 Impacts
COVID 19 impacts on cruise ship tourism have drastically affected Southeast Alaska communities. A collaborative study funded in collaboration with the USFS Pacific NW Science Laboratory will study the impacts of small ship tourism and economic impacts in several communities in SE Alaska.
Climate Change: Urban multi-hazards
An interdisciplinary research team from UAA, UAS, and UAF is studying how Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Whitehorse are responding and adapting to wildfire, permafrost thaw, and rain-in-winter. Government officials and experts will be asked about how organizations are adapting in terms of planning and policy, communicating with the public, how science is being used, costs and risks, and potential interactions among the hazards. The results of the survey will be used to provide recommendations about reducing risk and barriers to effectively integrate scientific information into management decisions about these hazards.
Juneau Climate Change Predictions Report
In 2008, UAS faculty and local experts published the first report about climate change impacts predicted for Juneau, Alaska. An update and revision will be conducted including new sections on adaptive governance and economics. Work on revisions will start in Fall 2020.