Let’s Take a Closer Look
CRRC’s Climate Change Program started in 2014 to understand and mitigate climate change’s impacts on traditional lives and livelihoods in the Chugach region. In 2016, CRRC held a workshop, the results of which are captured in the graphic above and in this report, where Tribal Members identified traditional foods as one of their main areas of concern around the changing climate. Since then, the CRRC has implemented several programs to monitor and protect natural resources in the region, while simultaneously launching a vulnerability assessment to better understand the impacts on traditional foods.
CRRC is currently developing an adaptation plan to identify priority actions at the regional level and to support the communities we serve in their local efforts to mitigate climate impacts and protect human and environmental health.
The Climate Change Program assists many projects within CRRC, including the APMI CROM Program, Subsistence Program, CORaL Network, Marine Mammal Program, and Kachemak Bay Watershed Collaborative.
of Climate Change
in the Chugach region
Higher latitudes are warming at a faster pace than the global average, and the Chugach region is no exception. Already, temperatures in the Chugach have climbed 0.7 degree C above their historical average over the last century, with some winter months seeing much higher average warming. January and February have both increased 1.7 degrees C on average over the last century. In the future, temperatures are expected to continue to warm, especially in winter, with average winter temperatures moving from below freezing to above freezing throughout much of the region.
Precipitation is more variable in the current climate models, though there is the potential for a slight increase in precipitation, particularly in winter and spring throughout the region. Climate models indicate a likelihood of increased storm activity and intensity and a shift from snow-dominated landscapes to rain-dominated landscapes, particularly in coastal areas. This would create a marked shift in the current hydrological cycle
For more details about what climate models say about potential temperature, precipitation, permafrost, and wildfire changes in our region, see the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Northern Climate Reports. You can search by community or for the Chugach National Forest region: https://northernclimatereports.org/