The objectives of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience program are to:

  1. Facilitate knowledge sharing between local, regional, statewide and national partners working on climate change research and action plans, and climate adaptation planning.

  2. Integrate local and traditional knowledge and western science in developing and maintaining our Climate Adaptation Plan.

  3. Synthesize available climate impact and ecological data, to identify priority areas for future data collection.

  4. Work collaboratively with other Tribe programs to support Unangan values in our work, recognizing that culture, wellness, and the environment are integral parts of resilience in the face of rapid change.


Current Projects

Coastal Communities Forum

Originally scheduled for September 2020 in Unalaska, we have postponed this Forum until fall of 2021 (date to be determined) in the hopes of being able to have an in-person event. We will update this website when we have more information. If you would like to be added to the email list concerning the Coastal Communities Forum, please email


Climate Adaptation Planning

The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska is beginning the process of updating our Climate Adaptation Plan. We plan to identify and synthesize research and traditional knowledge to define emerging threats from rapid climate change, and establish a framework for adaptation planning that we will continue to build upon in the future. We will also identify any additional data or research needs so we can plan for their acquisition, and plan for any vulnerability assessments that we may need to create or update.

This planning is a key component in our Tribal resilience as we define environmental threats and how we can plan for responses that best support our ecological and cultural community.  If you would like to learn more about how to be involved, please contact

External Resources:

Program Staff