Lab Spotlight

Analyzing Alaskan Climate Change

FS Alaska

The effects of climate change in northwest Alaska are already evident: Thawing permafrost is causing lakes to drain, and wildfires are becoming more frequent as forests become drier, leading to shifts in vegetation types. These changes affect the region’s wildlife and the people who depend on them for subsistence.

Bruce Marcot, a scientist with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, is leading the multi-agency Wildlife Potential Habitat Forecasting (WildCast) Project, documenting current conditions with aerial photos and projecting change in habitat for 200 species of mammals and birds over the next century.

Category: 
Lab Spotlight
Region: 
Far West