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Navigating the Ferry Cutbacks

In March 2020, as the first warm rays of sun hit Orca Inlet, Cordova started to emerge from a ferry-less winter. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is used by 30 communities for reliable and affordable year-round transportation. But, following the passage of the FY 2020 budget, the Alaska Legislature cut funding for the AMHS by $44 million dollars, a 31% reduction from previous fiscal years.  As a result, according to the Alaska Municipal League, many coastal communities, including Cordova (Figure 1), spent six to eight months with no ferry service during the 2019/2020 winter. Additional funding for the AMHS is included in the FY21 state budget, but Cordova will likely have to wait until July 2020 for the first ferry of the year. By that time, Cordova will have been without ferry service for 9.5 months. Read more about > Navigating the Ferry Cutbacks

2020-04-30T10:37:27-08:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Adapting to Environment Hazards

Dr. Jennifer Schmidt recently gave two presentations on environmental hazards. The first was with the Alaska Fire Science Consortium’s spring workshop where she presented on “Arctic Urban Adaptations (AURA): a co-production framework for addressing multiple changing environmental hazards.” The slides for the presentation are available for download and the […]

2020-04-13T09:59:29-08:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Jen Schmidt Talks MicroFEWs Project

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Dr. Jen Schmidt, alongside co-author Dr. Erin Whitney (Alaska Center for Energy and Power), have an article featured in the recent edition of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States’ (ARCUS) Witness Community Highlights. The article, “MicroFEWs": Exploring the Impacts of Local Renewable Energy Projects on Remote Arctic Community Security and Resilience, summarized the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded MicroFEWs project which “aims to explore the impact of local and renewable energy projects on FEW security and resilience in the remote Arctic communities,” as, “little research has been done to understand the linkage of Food/Energy/Water (FEW) systems in remote Arctic systems.” Read more about > Jen Schmidt Talks MicroFEWs Project

2020-06-23T13:49:28-08:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ISER Researchers Discuss Cancer Education in Rural Alaska

Drs. Katie Cueva and Jen Schmidt of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) traveled to Northwest Arctic Alaska to discuss cancer education for high school students. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the state, and Alaska Native people bear a disproportionate burden of mortality and cancer […]

2020-02-05T09:43:38-09:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Dr. Jen Schmidt Presents Fuel Meter Data Collection Results in Tanana

ISER’s Dr. Jen Schmidt traveled to Tanana this past October to discuss the results of an ongoing fuel meter data collection project alongside Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s (ACEP) Alana Vilagi and Baxter Bond.Read more about > Dr. Jen Schmidt Presents Fuel Meter Data Collection Results […]

2020-01-14T16:33:03-09:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

New research finds that elodea, Alaska’s first aquatic invasive weed, will negatively affect the recreation experiences of Alaska’s floatplane pilots

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s Dr. Tobias Schwoerer, Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, and Kyle Borash alongside the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Dr. Joseph Little, published a new article, “Hitchhikers on floats to Arctic freshwater: Private aviation and recreation loss from aquatic invasion”, in the latest issue of Ambio. […]

2019-12-10T16:01:06-09:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Jennifer Schmidt Talks Wildfire Risk in Bloomberg Law News

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management, Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, was recently published in Bloomberg Law News discussing the rising wildfire risk in Alaska. In the article, Dr. Schmidt explains the impact of climate and society on risk in the wildland […]

2019-10-31T09:58:30-08:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

New study to assess vulnerability to natural hazards of climate change in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Whitehorse

This summer, Alaska’s high temperatures broke records causing more Alaskans than ever to experience the effects of widespread wildfires. Wildfires, along with unstable permafrost, and rain-in-winter are natural hazards of climate change that put residents and property at risk. Assessing the costs, risks, and actions necessary to adapt to or […]

2019-09-24T14:21:01-08:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Schmidt mapping vegetation in Anchorage and Kenai to reduce fire risk

ISER’s Jennifer Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management and Policy, visited the area damaged by fire in Anchorage this summer with members of the Rabbit Creek Community Council to observe the damage and support their efforts at preventing fires in their south Anchorage community.

Schmidt is a member of the […]

2019-09-26T16:34:08-08:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Community resilience in the face of last-chance tourism in the Arctic

Tourism in Alaska is a growth industry, with much of the revenue generated below the Arctic Circle. But the Arctic’s unique natural environment and tourists’ desire to see the Arctic before it changes – sometimes called “last chance tourism” – is drawing more and more travelers above the Arctic Circle. […]

2019-06-19T13:29:39-08:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |