The National Climate Assessment estimated that Alaska has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the United States in just under 60 years, and that the state has lost about half of its sea ice since 1979.
Issues like permafrost thaw, rising sea levels, and coastal erosion all impact Alaska’s terrain, but also affects the state’s economic bottom line. Agriculture, infrastructure, tourism, and even cost of raw materials for businesses are all tied directly to these changes.
Join us to hear about the latest effects of climate change within Alaska, how it’s changing the way people do business in the state, and what this means for the future of Alaska’s economy.
Captain Patrick Hilbert
Chief, Prevention Division
17th Coast Guard District
Dr. Brendan Kelly
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska Fisheries Science Center