What We Do

The ACGL’s research projects are as dynamic as Alaska’s coastlines. Research includes applying geospatial and topographic survey techniques to conduct coastal hazard assessments in remote coastal villages, implementing community-based erosion monitoring programs, and developing sediment derived paleo-proxy records of ancient environmental conditions. We strive to integrate research with education through the mentoring of student interns, K-12 education programs, and citizen-science training. Through these combined activities, we seek to advance knowledge in regards to Alaska’s coastlines and provide its residents applied data products that inform local planning and decision-making.

We collect topographic data along many remote coastlines to produce baseline data sets in which to measure current and future changes

We collect sediment cores in a variety of environments in Alaska to reconstruct paleo-proxy records of past environmental changes.   These sediment archives provide long-term context to understanding and adapting to current and future environmental changes.

The processing, analysis, and interpretation of sediment cores within the ACGL and the application of multiple paleo-proxies allows us to reconstruct millennial-scale records of coastal environmental changes providing long-term context to current and future trends

We work with coastal communities to develop citizen-scientist erosion motioning programs.

We provide active learning opportunities to give students the skills and drive needed to successfully pursue an academic or professional career

We work with local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to better understand coastal hazards and their impacts on resiliency