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The Northern Climate Observer

The Northern Climate Observer is a compilation of articles and observations about changing environment and climate, and the impacts on Northern communities. It is a LEO Network product, published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

This week we recognize the science experts who share their expertise in LEO Network. Your efforts are expanding cross-knowledge understanding about the impacts of climate change around the world. LEO says, Thank You!

The theme this week is permafrost thaw and erosion with links to stories from Northwest Territories, Alaska and Siberia. We hope you enjoy the articles and two new posts in Southeast Alaska and Golovin from the LEO Network.

Mike Brubaker - Editor


Ridgeway, Alaska, United States
Shahal Farzan / KBBI Homer / January 25, 2017

A recent study estimates permafrost coverage on the peninsula has decreased by 60 percent since 1950. Permafrost is usually associated with Northern and Interior Alaska, but it also occurs in isolated pockets in wetlands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Read article on KBBI Homer



Herschel Island - Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park, Beufort Sea, YT, Canada
Maura Forrest / ND Arctic Deeply / January 25, 2017

Darren Nasogaluak has an unusual problem.As the mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, a small Inuvialuit hamlet on the coast of the Beaufort Sea, he has had to watch bits of his community wash away over the years.

Read article on ND Arctic Deeply



Zhokhov island
Olga Gertcyk / Siberia Times / January 25, 2017

Unique paleontological sites are facing destruction from gangs seeking to sell prehistoric remains. The hunters are especially active in late summer, when the permafrost retreats leaving mammoth remains more visible.

Read article on Siberia Times



Saint Paul, Alaska, United States
Zoë Sobel / Alaska Public Media / January 23, 2017

As lichen has disappeared, the herd has changed its diet. This adaptation could have global implications for reindeer facing a warming climate.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Southeast Region, Alaska, United States
LEO Network / August 24, 2015

A salmon troller saw a leatherback turtle in the summer of 2015.

Read post on the LEO Network



Golovin, Alaska, United States
Carol Oliver, Anahma Shannon, Tonya James and Edward "Ted" Smith / LEO Network / December 31, 2016

The storm raises local concerns about food security and preparedness for transportation emergencies.

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