UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

sea ice

Lack of sea ice sends seal pups and walrus calves to beach

Alaska Sea Grant, Kawerak, Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are preparing to place signs along the beaches near Nome, alerting the public about an increasing number of ice-associated seal pups resting along the shore. The signs remind the public not to disturb the animals, unless they are Alaska Native engaged in subsistence…

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Beaufort and Chukchi Seas have near record open water

sea ice extent

Temperatures are dropping and the days are getting darker as Alaska moves into autumn. But despite the approaching winter chill, there’s lots of open water north of Alaska—a near record, in fact. That has potential implications for fall storms and coastal erosion in northwestern Alaska.

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