Contact Us
  • Wendy Loya
    Arctic LCC Coordinator

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    1011 East Tudor Road
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503
    (907) 786-3532
  • Paul Leonard
    Arctic LCC Science Coordinator

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    101 12th Avenue, Rm. 216
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    (907) 456-0445
  • Josh Bradley
    Arctic LCC Data Manager

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    101 12th Avenue, Rm. 216
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    (907) 455-1847


Climate is changing worldwide, but the Arctic is warming at a rate almost twice the global average and will likely continue to warm throughout the next century.  In Alaska the effects of a warming climate, such as thawing permafrost, increased coastal erosion, and changes in landcover can already be seen.  There is tremendous interest from within the scientific community in documenting arctic change, and understanding the linkages between arctic and global climate systems.  Current and projected landscape changes also present a suite of new challenges for land and resource management agencies.  Recognizing this, a number of these entities have taken a critical step toward addressing climate change by identify the new information they need to support decision making.

Documents informing the Arctic LCC Science Plan
  • Linking Climate and Habitat Change in Arctic Alaska: Recommended Monitoring and Modeling Activities

    The Linking Climate and Habitat Change in Arctic Alaska (2.7 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF file is the product of the Arctic LCC Species & Habitat Working Group.  The Species & Habitat Working Group consisted of four sub-groups: fish, mammals, birds, and subsistence resources.  Each group summarized their findings in a common tabular format that identifies the climate-associated biophysical process shifts thought to most strongly influence broad species assemblages or access to subsistence resources,  species or species groups most likely to be affected, and pertinent biophysical parameters to measure or model.

  • Alaska Climate Change Strategy: Report from the Research Needs Work Group

    This report identified both overarching and specific research needed to implement policy recommendation being offered for the Alaska climate change strategy. Go to the for more information.

  • Emerging Issues:

    The North Slope Science Initiative’s Emerging Issues Summaries identifies 13 topics that are relevant to management of natural resources in Arctic Alaska.  Go to for more information.

  • Conservation Priorities in a Changing Arctic Alaska:

    The New Conservation Priorities in a Changing Arctic Alaska report is the product of a 2009 workshop convened by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The workshop brought together key scientific and management stakeholders to identify emerging wildlife conservation priorities of a changing Arctic Alaska.

  • Wildlife Response to Environmental Arctic Change (WildREACH):

    The WildREACH Workshop report (10 MB)Adobe Acrobat PDF file details the priority research, modeling, and synthesis activities needed to understand the effects of climate change on birds, fish, and mammals of arctic Alaska, with a focus on terrestrial and freshwater systems.

  • Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA):

    The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (18 MB)Adobe Acrobat PDF file is a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation. The press release, report, key findings, and policy recommendations are available at

General Climate Change information:
  • Arctic Climate Impact Assessment:

    The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment is a comprehensive, integrated assessment of changing climate and ultraviolet radiation across the Arctic.

Arctic Plans, Policies, and Strategies:
  • IARPC Arctic Research Plan:

    On February 19th, 2013, the Whitehouse released the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee’s Arctic Research Plan: FY2013-2017 (2.6 MB)Adobe Acrobat PDF file. The 14 participating Federal agencies identified 7 research areas that will inform national policy and benefit significantly from close interagency coordination.

    1. Sea ice and marine ecosystems
    2. Terrestrial ice and ecosystems
    3. Atmospheric studies of surface heat, energy, and mass balances
    4. Observing systems
    5. Regional climate models
    6. Adaptation tools for sustaining communities
    7. Human Health
  • Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic:

    On April 4, 2013, an interagency working group chaired by Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes released a report that calls for an integrated management strategy for the rapidly changing Arctic. The report, Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic (14 MB)Adobe Acrobat PDF file, highlights the need for a coordinated approach that uses the best available science to integrate cultural, environmental, and economic factors in decision-making about development and conservation.

  • U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region:

    On May 10, 2013, President Obama signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (490 KB)Adobe Acrobat PDF file. The United States joins its Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.