What We Know about Walrus and Sea Ice: The Sea Ice for Walrus
Outlook (SIWO) Project
Dr. Gary Hufford
Dr. Gary Hufford is a Regional Scientist with the National Weather Service, Alaska
Region, Anchorage, Alaska and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
He was field researcher conducting oceanographic and meteorological studies from
U.S. and foreign icebreakers in both the Arctic and Antarctic. He moved to Alaska
in 1977 to become part of the Environmental Studies team for coastal oil and gas
activities for the Department of Interior. In 1979 he came over to NOAA where he
was able to put his knowledge and skills with remote sensing to work for the National
Weather Service. In 1988, He became the Regional Scientist for the Alaska Region
of the National Weather Service. My present scientific interests lie in improving
National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts and warnings using remote sensing data
and techniques. He is involved in working with the cutting edge of science and technology.
In addition, he is the Alaska Region Climate Services Program Manager working on
ways to integrate climate into the daily local forecasts and is responsible in producing
Alaska climate products and services for NOAA users and stakeholders and conducting
education and outreach efforts. He provides briefings on climate change affects
on Bering and Chukchi sea ice. Briefings have been given to the Eskimo Whale Commission,
Eskimo Walrus Commission, Eskimo Ice Seal Commission, and the Eskimo Beluga Whale
Commission who conducts their subsistence activities in ice infested waters.
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