Adapt Alaska is managed by Davin Holen, Coastal Community Resilience Specialist for Alaska Sea Grant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
In his role with Alaska Sea Grant and as collaborative faculty with at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, Davin provides expertise, research, outreach, and extension services that enhance the culture and well-being of coastal communities in Alaska.
About our logo
Salmon are an iconic species for the many cultures and peoples of Alaska. Birch trees symbolize the boreal forests of Alaska's Interior.
Salmon have always been a symbol of bridging oceans and inland waters, through their migrations at the beginnings and ends of their lives.
These migrations are a story of resilience. As salmon travel back from the ocean to their natal rearing habitats, they move through a landscape that has changed since they left. In the end, they are netted at river mouths and fish camps in the boreal forest, helping to sustain lives and cultures.
Like the story of the salmon, our website is dedicated to sharing the story of resilience—both of salmon and of Alaska’s people, as they adapt to a changing climate.
Website photos: Home page photo by Kristine Sowl, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. All other photos by Davin Holen unless indicated otherwise.
Begin your climate adaptation journey at Adapt Alaska
This website emerged from a collaborative research project—Promoting Coastal Resilience in Arctic Alaska—that began in 2017 and included workshops and outreach efforts.
During the project, coastal community resilience workshop participants identified issues facing communities and the information needs for action. They also discussed challenges from rapidly changing environmental and climate conditions. These changes have increased the risks to human lives and infrastructure, changed valuable natural resources, and disrupted hunting, fishing, and livelihoods.
This website is part of the project outcomes and is meant to be a learning and planning tool for all. Here, you can find:
- a concrete set of steps for crafting your own monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation solutions
- Alaska-specific web resources, including resources related to funding resilience work
Adapt Alaska is also the face of Alaska Sea Grant's Coastal Community Resilience program.
Learn more about the Adapt Alaska project
Funding for community resilience workshops
Funding came from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on behalf of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), North Pacific LCC, Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC, Alaska Sea Grant, and Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association using a resilience grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy
- Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center
- Alaska Ocean Observing System
- Alaska Sea Grant
- Aleutian & Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
- Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
- National Park Service
- North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- Sitka Tribe of Alaska
- University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences
- Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative