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  • Researcher examines future effects of climate change on Sitka’s herring | Katherine Rose | Jul 17, 2020 Predicting the future is hard, unless you’ve got a crystal ball. In the basement of the Sitka Sound Science Center, a researcher has designed an experiment to study the future of ocean acidification, and her “crystal ball” is herring. In Part 2 of KCAW’s two-part story on the 2020 herring season in Sitka Sound, Katherine Rose visits the lab of doctoral researcher Lauren Bell, as she explores possible futures for our oceans, and one of its most important resources. Lauren Bell stands in about an inch of water, hovering over one of over twenty tanks in the basement of the Sitka Sound Science Center. The equipment used in this experiment is loud, and artificial sunlight bounces off Bell’s face as she tells me about the different types of seaweed she’s growing. “The seaweed have grown a lot, they’ve been sitting in these conditions for about a month now,” she says. Bell is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, and for the last couple of years she’s been doing her research in the center’s … Continue Reading

  • Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

    This is a useful synthesis of current knowledge on ocean alkalinity enhancement, an approach to carbon removal that could have far-reaching effects (both positive and negative) on the ocean and coastal communities. This amounts to capturing carbon dioxide and trapping it back in mineral form. Getting the CO2 to stay put, maximizing its benefits, and managing … Continue Reading

  • Future Of Salmon In A Warming World – Part 2

    By JOHANNA.EURICH • FEB 11, 2020 In the first of a two-part series, we explored the effects of warming river water on salmon. Now we take a look at the warming ocean, and what that means to the Yukon River king run. Managers have noticed that in recent years, smaller, younger king salmon are returning to salmon … Continue Reading

  • Future Of Salmon In A Warming World – Part 1

    By JOHANNA EURICH • FEB 7, 2020 Recent research indicates that extremely warm temperatures can turn Alaska’s salmon streams into unfriendly, even lethal habitats. While Alaskan scientists are just beginning to study the impact of warmer temperatures on salmon streams, it is already a familiar reality for many Canadian fish biologists. Warming temperatures in British Columbia’s Fraser … Continue Reading

  • Alaska’s warming ocean is putting food and jobs at risk, scientists say

    By Jordan Evans, CNN, June 28th 2019 The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It’s gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs.”The seas are extraordinarily warm. It is impacting the ability for Americans in the region to put food on the table right now,” said University of Alaska climate specialist … Continue Reading

  • Remembering Bill Ruckelshaus

    Bill was one of the sharpest, kindest minds in the room in the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. When we proposed it and worked with the governor’s staff to organize it, a palpable thrill moved through the whole team when Bill agreed to serve as co-chair. His clear eye on the long view … Continue Reading