Disruptions to water cycles

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

A Different Season, People in a Changing Climate, is part of the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series. The weekly public lectures, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at UAF, present the latest scientific findings relevant to all Alaskans. The free, one hour lecturs begin at 7:15 p.m. Mondays in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The Imaginarium will give educational demonstrations before each lecture.

Lilian Alessa, associate professor of biology and geography at UAA and affiliate faculty at the Water and Environmental Research Center at UAF, will explore how people can cope with an altered environment, including addressing several misconceptions about the drivers and outcomes of climate change.

Global climate change is amplified in the Earths polar regions. As a result, the land and waterscapes of Alaska are rapidly transforming, affecting people and industry of the far north. Much of our states transformation is related to alterations in the hydrological cycle.  Freshwater in the Arctic is in flux, and this will affect the way people live, both physically and socially.  

Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found here .
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