Alaska Weather Symposium provides current research venue

Amy Hartley

With 365,000,000 acres, Alaska’s variable terrain creates distinct climate regions, curious weather conditions and unique local concerns. Whether it is extreme weather events due to diminished sea ice impacting northwest communities or compromised air quality from cruise ships sailing through Southeast, Alaska’s atmospheric conditions are ripe for investigation. In a two-day workshop, more than 50 scientists from Alaska and the Lower 48 will converge at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute Elvey Auditorium to discuss such issues at the Alaska Weather Symposium, March 12-13, 2013.

The annual symposium draws researchers from academic, government, military and private sectors to share their findings in focused sessions dedicated to air quality modeling, climatology, operational forecasting and more. Participating students have the additional opportunity to earn honors for their scientific posters and presentations at the symposium. Keynote speakers in 2013 include scientists Gerhard Wotawa from Austria, Avelino Arellano from Arizona and Rick Thoman of Alaska.

The Alaska Region NOAA National Weather Service, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the UAF College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Department of Atmospheric Sciences, the Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center sponsor the 2013 Alaska Weather Symposium. The event will be held on campus for the sixth consecutive year.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT:Nicole Mölders, Geophysical Institute professor and UAF Department of Atmospheric Sciences chair, at 


NOTE TO EDITORS: Symposium schedule and downloadable presentation abstracts are available here.