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Causes and Impacts of the 2017-2019 Southeast Alaska Drought

Project Timeline
October 2020 - September 2022

The infrequency of drought in southeast Alaska hinders a comprehensive understanding of such events in the region. Motivated by the 2017-2019 event, this research will improve our predictive understanding of drought in a changing climate by considering the following questions:

  • How did the event evolve and what were its key characteristics?
  • To place the event in historical context, how did its key characteristics and drivers compare with prior events?
  • How did climate change alter the intensity and duration of the 2017-19 drought?
  • How is climate change projected to alter the intensity, frequency, and duration of droughts like 2017-19?
  • How did the drought impact society and the environment?
General Location
State
Specific Location
Alaska
Regions
Pacific Northwest
Key Partners
NOAA
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy
Sectors
Agriculture
Ecosystems
DEWS Components
Observation & Monitoring
Communication & Outreach
Research & Applications