2016 Southeast Alaska Climate Workshop – April 12-15, 2016

Climate Change in Southeast Alaska – Informing Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Anadromous Fisheries, Spring 2016

April 12-15, 2016

Treadwell Conference Room, Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska

Travel details (link to discount information)

Climate Workshop Agenda – Wed/Thur April 13-14

Climate Workshop Resources Link

Transboundary Environmental Data Workshop AgendaFriday, April 15


In 2014, the Tongass National Forest worked with EcoAdapt, with support from the Wilburforce Foundation, to conduct a stakeholder workshop and complete a climate change vulnerability assessment of aquatic resources including snow, ice, water, riparian vegetation, and fish. You can find this report here.

With support from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, and State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, we plan to convene a workshop focusing on:

  • Effects of hydrologic regime shifts on rivers, streams, and riparian corridors
  • Effects of changes in the hydrologic regime on anadromous fish

Workshop Purpose

Bring scientists together with resource management practitioners to enrich knowledge, foster collaboration, and inform sustainable management of priority aquatic resources.

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Share progress and findings of relevant studies
  • Distribute analytical tools that could be used for resource management
  • Identify knowledge gaps and identify strategic actions
  • Integrate traditional knowledge into studies and assessments
  • Identify long-term data platforms for aquatic resources
  • Endorse a regional watershed classification to discern hydrologic regime shifts
  • Develop tools to predict changing ice and snow conditions and implications for hydrologic regimes
  • Develop tools to predict response of salmon habitat to changing hydrologic regimes in SE Alaska

Tentative Workshop Outline

Tuesday, April 12th – pre-meeting workgroups finalize meeting preparations

Meet and Greet – 5:30pm Bubble Room at the Baranof Hotel

Wednesday, April 13th – Workshop Day 1

  • Morning: foundational presentations to all attendees
    • Brief overview of EcoAdapt report and other vulnerability assessments, and goals of the workshop.
    • Status of climate model downscaling in SE Alaska – respecting variability, understanding limitations and uncertainty, yet providing a common baseline for understanding climate change effects.
    • The STEK Science/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Lens
    • Monitoring a changing landscape
    • Adaptation planning, opportunities for collaboration, tools and resources
    • Overview of workgroups and expected outcomes
  • Afternoon:  key workgroup thematic presentations to all attendees
    • Streamflow, watershed classification tool
    • Freshwater temperature
    • Anadromous fish and Habitat Ecology
  • Evening social, poster session

Thursday, April 14th – Workshop Day 2

  • Morning: workgroup thematic presentations
    • Key workgroup thematic presentations to all attendees (continuation of Day 1 presentations)
    • Workgroups meet concurrently on tangible outcomes, additional thematic presentations
  • Afternoon:
    • Workgroups report back to large group, identify future actions
    • Panel discussion – using climate change information to inform management decisions

Friday, April 15th – Transboundary Environmental Data Workshop (Agenda) – Workshop goals: Identify areas of collaboration in the collection, summary and distribution of water quality and quantity data in Transboundary Waters. Target audience: individuals with technical expertise or interest in the collection, distribution, and analysis of water quality and quantity data for SE Alaska. Workshop contact Terri Lomax, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (email: terri.lomax@alaska.gov phone: 907-269-7635); RSVP Amber Bethe (email: amber.bethe@alaska.gov)

Climate Workshop Attendees

Federal and state agency personnel, Tribal representatives, Scientists, Land managers and aquatic resource specialists, Non-governmental organizations

Climate Workshop Planning Team

  • Julianne Thompson, Tongass National Forest
  • Sheila Jacobson, Tongass National Forest
  • Michael Goldstein, Forest Service – Alaska Region
  • Gordy Reeves, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Cindy Hartmann Moore, NOAA Division of Habitat Conservation
  • Don Martin, Forest Service – Alaska Region
  • Neil Stichert, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Gretchen Pikul, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ray Paddock, Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
  • Allison Bidlack, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center
  • Sanjay Pyare, University of Alaska Southeast
  • Collin Shanley, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mark Kaelke, Trout Unlimited
  • Scott Harris, Sitka Conservation Society
  • Debbie Hart, Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership

Climate Workshop Meeting Contacts

Julianne Thompson – Meeting Chair, USFS 907-772-5873, jethompson02@fs.fed.us

Deborah Hart – Meeting RSVPs/logistics, SEAKFHP 907-723-0258,coordinator@sealaskafishhabitat.org