The Southeast Test Case Alaska Science Catalog is made possible through Alaska EPSCoR


Alaska ACE (Adapting to Changing Environments) is a place-based interdisciplinary effort by Alaska EPSCoR, a program of the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competetive Research (EPSCoR). This five year collaborative agreement is organized into three regional test cases based at University of Alaska campuses and will improve Alaska's scientific capacity. The project addresses features of changing environments and indentifies key variables and process that maximize a community's ability to effectively respond to change. EPSCOR_300x300

Multiple long-term benefits for Alaska

Alaska ACE will produce multiple long-term benefits for Alaska

  • Development of tools that can be used by decision-makers to assist adaptive responses.
  • Establishment of a center for ongoing studies of adaptation in the North; a permanent, accessible resource to Alaskans supporting adaptation decision making.
  • Capacity building at small and rural UA campuses.
  • Contribute hydrological data useful to researchers, watershed managers and residents.
  • Development of a data portal providing geospatial, scientific and social/demographic data for use by researchers and cititzens.
  • Education and workforce development efforts to increase interest and expertise in STEM disciplines.

Southeast Test Case

The Southeast Test Case, one of three Alaska ACE test cases, is based at the University of Alaska Juneau and focuses on drivers of change in the Berner's Bay watershed. The area is subject to multiple drivers of change, including global and regional temperature and precipitation changes; salmon population fluctuations; a recent tourism downturn; recreational pressure from Anchorage; shrinking wetlands and successional change; and forest fire dynamics. Hydrological changes in the area include river discharge, water temperature, and sedimentation, while landcover changes include urbanization, resource extraction, infrastructure, drying wetlands, and forest fires. These multiple interacting factors form the basis of a ‘messy’ social-ecological system and necessitate response and adaptation by communities in the watershed.