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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
Specific Location
Pacific Northwest
Key Partners
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy
DEWS Components
Observation & Monitoring
Communication & Outreach
Research & Applications