About Resilience

Alaska’s people, communities, economies, and ecosystems are unique

Alaska residents reflect hugely diverse geography, age, expertise, life experience, sectors of the economy, communities, and points of view. As America’s only Arctic state, we are experiencing first-hand the rapid effects of a changing climate. Those changes create very real and, potentially, devastating threats to our ways of life. They also create opportunities for innovation, leadership, development, and cooperation.

Alaskans are taking action

Alaska has a long history of engaging in climate change issues through our unique position as the only Arctic region in the United States.

Alaskans seek to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate and to ensure that Alaska has a voice in national and international decision-making.

Efforts such as the Northern Waters Task Force, the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet and the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council are examples of this engagement.

Adapt Alaska

The Adapt Alaska program is the outcome of many coastal community resilience workshops and outreach efforts. During these events, participants identified issues facing communities and the information needs for action. They also discussed challenges from rapidly changing environmental and climate conditions. 

Adapt Alaska offers a concrete set of steps for planners to craft their own monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation solutions, as well as Alaska-specific web resources.

Most importantly, Adapt Alaska provides a platform for communities to share their successes, challenges and lessons learned about how they can adapt to the changing landscape, ocean conditions, and climate across Alaska. Visit Adapt Alaska

Learn how the State of Alaska is working to increase resilience

Alaskans have been working in diverse arenas to reach common goals of ensuring economic opportunity, health, and safety for everyone in Alaska—now, and in the years to come—as our environment continues to change.

Response

Planning, training, and structural reinforcement in response to ocean acidification, erosion, severe storms, infrastructure damage, and the threat of oil spills

Research

Monitoring, observing, modeling, scientific analysis, data sharing, innovation, and public outreach

Mitigation

Reducing, sequestering, and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions to decrease our carbon footprint

Adaptation

Evaluating risks and adopting measures to address or reduce the vulnerability of Alaska's citizens, environment, and infrastructure to climate change impacts