Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Research article
28 May 2018
Research article |  | 28 May 2018

Impacts of a lengthening open water season on Alaskan coastal communities: deriving locally relevant indices from large-scale datasets and community observations

Rebecca J. Rolph, Andrew R. Mahoney, John Walsh, and Philip A. Loring

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Using thresholds of physical climate variables developed from community observations, together with two large-scale datasets, we have produced local indices directly relevant to the impacts of a reduced sea ice cover on Alaska coastal communities. We demonstrate how community observations can inform use of large-scale datasets to derive these locally relevant indices.