Introduction to the South Alaska Lakes project


To better understand past environments of south-central Alaska, as well as broader atmospheric and oceanic systems that influence the regional climate, members of the "South Alaska Lakes" project from Northern Arizona University ( and partnering institutions are analyzing lake sediments from both large, glacier-fed lakes and small, non-glacier-fed lakes in the Kenai Peninsula. By using multiple climate proxies in these different types of lakes, we will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of important climate and environmental phenomena in south-central Alaska and the broader north Pacific region.


If you are new to paleoclimate studies, or to studies about Alaska's climate, we suggest visiting the "Background for Beginners" section as you explore the site.



National Science Foundation, Paleo-Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)
Award #1602106

Proposal title: Tapping outstanding new lake records of annual- to millennial-scale Holocene climate variability in the north Pacific region



US Fish and Wildlife Service - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge -
US Geological Survey - Alaska Science Center -
Gent University - Renard Centre of Marine Geology -
CH2MHill - Polar Services -


Photo: Skilak Lake, Kenai Peninsula