Regional Climate Projections: Southeast Alaska
Publication Number: ACC-00114
Author/Sponsor: Scott Rupp
Available Online Only. SNAP models for Southeast Alaska predict that mean winter temperatures will rise from below freezing to well above freezing in the next few decades. This long-term warming will result in melting glaciers, warming and drying of soils and the loss of insulating snow cover in winter. These conditions will affect hydrology, plant and animal habitat and the marine environment. However, while winter recreational activities will be negatively impacted, summer tourism could potentially benefit from warm, drier summers.