Assessment Reports
Climate Change & Health Impact Assessment Reports

These reports describe climate impacts observed in Alaska communities and rely upon the observations, data and traditional ecological knowledge provided by local partners. Additionally, scientific data on environment, health and climate is provided where available. The purpose is to describe changes that are occuring so as to help in the development of adaptive strategies that encourage community health and resilience.

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Climate Change in Bering Strait communities, Alaska | Strategies for Regional Health 03/2015

Northwest Alaska - Bering Strait RegionThis book documents climate change impacts as described by residents of seven communities in the Bering Strait Region of Northwest Alaska. In addition to community impacts, the book provides an overview on the state of the knowledge about climate change in the region, examples of adaptation efforts that have been applied, and recommendations for future planning and coordination efforts. This project was funded by the Western Alaska LCC and EPA, with collaboration between tribal governments, the Norton Sound Health Corporation, Kawerak Inc., and ANTHC’s Center for Climate and Health. Some of the described impacts include broad changes in the timing of seasons, marine and aquatic waters, terrestrial environment, ice, snow, river and lake conditions and the availability and health of plants and wildlife. Some important effects include threat and loss of infrastructure to flooding and erosion, changes in the quality of community source water resources, and new challenges related to traditional subsistence practices. (view 8.14 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Upper Nushagak River communities, Alaska | Strategies for Regional Health 09/2014

Western Alaska - Upper Nushagak RiverThis report documents climate change impacts as described by residents of three villages on the Upper Nushagak River in Western Alaska. The assessment was a cooperative project between ANTHC, the Bristol Bay Native Association and the UAF Seagrant Program and focused on the communities of Koliganek, New Stuyahok, and Ekwok. Described climate impacts include changes in river conditions, erosion, drought, extreme weather and related effects on subsistence resources including fish, caribou, and wild berries. (view 17.44 MB pdf click here) 

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Climate Change in
Bristol Bay communities, Alaska | Strategies for Regional Health 04/2014


Southwest Alaska - Bristol Bay RegionThis report documents climate change impacts as described by residents of three villages in the Bristol Bay Region of Southwest Alaska. The assessment was a cooperative project between ANTHC, the Bristol Bay Native Association, and the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and focused on the communities of Nondalton (lake), Levelock (river), and Pilot Point (coast). This project describes climate change impacts, assessed through the lens of public health with an eye to potential effects of river conditions, extreme weather, drought, and related effects such as disease, heat stroke, food and water security, travel safety and mental health. (view 21.31 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in
Atqasuk, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 07/2014


Atqasuk, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes an assessment of climate change related health effects in Atqasuk, Alaska a traditional Inupiat community located on the west bank of the Meade River, 60 miles south of Barrow. Atqasuk residents report changes in the timing of the seasons, weather, land, and river conditions. Potential health effects include injury related to unusual travel conditions, damage to health infrastructure related to erosion and permafrost thaw and food insecurity related to changes in wildlife health and harvest success. (view 5.32 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Nuiqsut, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 07/2014


Nuiqsut, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes an assessment of climate change related health effects in Nuiqsut, Alaska a traditional Inupiat community located on the West bank of the Colville River, 18 miles south from the inlet to the Beaufort Sea. Nuiqsut residents report changes in the timing of the seasons, weather, land, river and sea conditions. Potential health effects include injury related to unusual travel conditions, damage to health infrastructure related to erosion and permafrost thaw, and food insecurity related to changes in wildlife health, harvest success, and thawing of traditional underground ice cellars. (view 5.19 MB pdf click here)
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Climate Change in Wainwright, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 06/2014

Wainwright, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes an assessment of climate change related health effects in Wainwright a traditional Inupiat community located on the Chukchi Sea coast.  Wainwright residents report changes in the timing of the seasons, weather, land, and sea conditions. The season for ice-based hunting is decreasing and the community is adapting harvest practices. Potential health effects include injury related to unusual travel conditions, damage to health infrastructure related to erosion and permafrost thaw, food insecurity related to changes in wildlife health, harvest success and thawing of traditional underground food cellars, and water insecurity related to infrastructure damage and loss of underground ice cellars.
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Climate Change in Levelock, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 04/2014

Levelock, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes the findings of an assessment of climate change related health effects in Levelock, AlaskaAs of 2012, there were about 88 residents, mostly Alaska Native people of Alutiiq and Yupik descent. Levelock is situated about 40 miles north from Naknek, 60 miles east of Dillingham and 278 miles southwest of Anchorage. Described health effects include increased temperatures during every month of the year, extremely warm days and a decrease in the number of extremely cold days and extreme precipitation, increased erosion, rapid change to the flora, and subsistence activities. (view 6.04 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Nondalton, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 11/2013

Nondalton, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes the findings of an assessment of climate change related health effects in Nondalton, Alaska. Nondalton is mostly Alaska Native People of Dena'ina decent, averaging about 169 residents. Nondalton is located on the west shore of Six Mile Lake, between Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake. Described health effects increases in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather, decreased food security, damage to waste water infrastructure as a result of lake water levels and extreme weather. (view 5.23 MB pdf click here)
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Climate Change in Pilot Point, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 09/2013

Pilot Point, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes the findings of an assessment of climate change related health effects in Pilot Point, Alaska. Pilot Point is mostly Alaska Native People of Alutiiq and Yup'ik Eskimo decent, averaging about 64 to 100 residents. Pilot Point is located on the Northern coast of the Alaska Peninsula, on the east shore of Ugashik Bay. Described health effects include increases in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather, coastal erosion, decreased food security and safety related to seasonal storm events. (view 5.86 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Selawik, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 05/2012


Selawik, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes the findings of an assessment of climate change related health effects in Selawik, Alaska. Selawik is an Inupiat community of approximately 829 residents, located on the Selawik River, about four miles north of the Arctic Circle and 70 miles east of Kotzebue. Described health effects include permafrost thaw-driven damage to community infrastructure bridges, roads, houses and water and sewer, decreased food security and safety and increased travel hazards related to river change. (view 8.5 MB pdf (click here)

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Climate Change in Kiana, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 10/2011


Kiana, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes a comprehensive assessment of climate change related health effects in Kiana, Alaska. Kiana is an Inupiat community of approximately 361 residents, located on the Kobuk River, about 60 miles east of Kotzebue. Described health effects include permafrost thaw-driven damage to water and waste water infrastructure, decreased food security and safety and increased travel hazards related to river change. (view 8.19 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Noatak, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 06/2011


Noatak, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes a comprehensive assessment of climate change related health effects in Noatak, Alaska. Noatak is an Inupiat community of approximately 500 residents, located on the west bank of the Noatak River, about 55 miles north of Kotzebue. Described health effects include permafrost thaw-driven damage to water and waste water infrastructure, decreased water security and safety due to river change, and decreased food security. (view 8.19 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Kivalina, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 01/2011


Kivalina, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes a comprehensive assessment of climate change related health effects in Kivalina, Alaska. Kivalina is an Inupiat community of approximately 400 residents, located on a small barrier island in Northwestern Alaska. Described health effects include damage to health infrastructure, decreased water safety and security, decreased food safety and security, increased risk of injury related to travel and subsistence activities, increased risk of disease resulting from interruptions to sanitation infrastructure, and increased mental stress related to seasonal storm and flood events. (view 7.93 MB pdf click here)

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Climate Change in Point Hope, Alaska | Strategies for Community Health 08/2010


Point Hope, Alaska - Climate Assessment ReportThis report describes a comprehensive assessment of climate change related health effects in Point Hope, Alaska. Point Hope is an Inupiat community of approximately 700 residents, located in Northwestern Alaska on the Chukchi Sea. Described health effects include decreased water safety and security, decreased food safety and security, and increased risk of injury related to travel and subsistence activities. (view 6.15 MB pdf click here)


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