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Journal articles

Kliskey, A., Williams, P., Abatzoglou, J., Alessa, L., Lammers, R. 2018. Enhancing a community-based water resource tool for assessing environmental change: The Alaska Water Resources Vulnerability Index Revisited. Environment Systems and Decisions. DOI: 10.1007/s10669-018-9712-7

†Williams, P., †Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Krupa, M., Rinella, D., Trammell, J., Powell, McCarthy, M., J., Abatzoglou, J. 2018. The role of perceptions versus instrumented data of environmental change in decision-making: Implications for increasing adaptive capacity. Environmental Science & Policy 90:110-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.09.018

Kliskey, A., Williams, P., Alessa, L., Abatzoglou, J., Trammell, J., McCarthy, M., Rinella, D., Powell, J. In review. An integrated dataset for stakeholder perceptions of environmental change and instrumented measures of change. Data in Brief.

Williams, P., Kliskey, A., McCarthy, M., Lammers, R., Alessa, L., Abatzoglou, J. 2018. Using the Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index in assessing and responding to environmental change in Alaskan communities. Climate Risk Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2018.09.001

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Gosz, J., Griffith, D., Ziegler, A. 2018. MtnSEON and social-ecological systems (SES) science in complex Mountain Landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(S1): S4-S10. Alessa, L., Moon, S., Griffith, D., Kliskey, A. Accepted. Operator driven policy: Deriving action from data using the quadrant-enabled Delphi (QED) method. Homeland Security Affairs Journal 14, Article 6 (September 2018).

Bourgeron, P., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Loescher, H., Krauze, K., Virapongse, A., Griffith, D. 2018. Complex human-environmental processes: A framework for social-ecological observatories. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(S1): S52-S66.

Griffith, D., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2018. Community-based observing for Social-ecological Science: Lessons from the Arctic. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(S1): S44-S51. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1798

Hightree, J., Kliskey, A., Higgins, L., Alessa, L., Laninga, T., Barrett, J. 2018. Themes in Community Resilience: A Meta-synthesis of 16 years of Idaho Community Reviews. Journal of Community Development 48(1): 65-82. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2017.1393438.

Hunt, T., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L. 2018. MtnSEON and social-ecological systems (SES) science in complex Mountain Landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(1): S3.


Alessa, L., Moon, S., Griffith, D., Kliskey, A. 2017. Report of the Emerging Arctic Security Threats Matrix (EarthX) for Improved Canada-United States (CANUS) Arctic Security Workshop, February 1-2, 2017. Center for Resilient Communities, University of Idaho. 19p.

Alessa, L., Moon, S., Griffith, D., Kliskey, A. 2017. Report of the Northern Border Security Review Workshop, February 23, 2017. Center for Resilient Communities, University of Idaho. 7p.

Alessa, L., Moon, S., Griffith, D., Kliskey, A. 2017. Report of the Port of San Diego Vulnerability Assessment and Security Workshop, June 13-14, 2017. Center for Resilient Communities, University of Idaho. 22p.

Journal articles

Grier, C., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2017. Looking to the past to shape the future: Using paleodata to address social-ecological change and sustainability. Regional Environmental Change. 17(4): 1205-1215 DOI 10.1007/s10113-016-1096-y

Griffith, D., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2017. A Typology of Community-based observing. NIMIO Bulletin.12: 32-39.

Griffith, D., Larkin, B., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Newcombe, G. 2017. Expectations for habitat-adapted symbiosis in an invasive grass. Fungal Ecology 29: 111-115. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.07.003

Williams, P., Alessa, L., Beaujean, G., Kliskey, A., Witmer, F., Rieken, V., Trammell, E. In press. Community-based observing networks and systems: An assessment of correspondence between human perceptions of environmental change and instrument-derived data. Regional Environmental Change 18(2): 547-559. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1220-7


Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Drukenmiller, M., Griffith, D., McKann, H., Myers, B., Pulsifer, P., Beaujean, G., Behe, C., Jackson, L. 2016. Best Practices for Community-based Observing. Moscow, ID: Center for Resilient Communities, University of Idaho.

Journal articles

Alessa, L., Williams, P., Kliskey, A., Beaujean, G. 2016. Incorporating Community-based Observing Networks and Systems: Toward a Regional Early Warning System for Enhanced Response to Arctic Critical Events. Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 6(1): 1-27.

Grunblatt, J. and Alessa, L. 2017. Role of perception in determining adaptive capacity: communities adapting to environmental change. Sustainability Science 12(1): 3-13 doi: 10.1007/s11625-016-0394-0

Johnson, J., Howitt, R., Cayete, G., Berkes, F., Louis, R., Kliskey, A. 2016. Weaving Indigenous and sustainability sciences to diversify our methods. Sustainability Science 11(1): 1-11.

†Kliskey, A., †Alessa, L., Wandersee, S., Williams, P., Powell, J., Wipfli, M., Grunblatt, J., 2016. A science of integration: Frameworks, processes, and products in a place-based, integrative study. Sustainability Science 12(2): 293-303. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016-0391-3

Smith, A., Kolden, C., Paveglio, T., Cochrane, M., Bowman, D., Mortiz, M., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Hudak, A., Hoffman, C., Lutz, J., Queen, L., Goetz, S., Higeura, P., Boschetti, L., Flannigan, M., Yedinak, K., Watts, A., Strand, E., van Wagtendonk, J., Anderson, J., Stocks, B., Abatzoglou, J. 2016. The Science of Firescapes: Achieving Fire Resilient Communities. BioScience 66(2): 130-146. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv182.

Virapongse, A., Brooks, S., Metcalf, E., Zedalis, M., Gosz, J., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L. 2016. A social-ecological systems approach for environmental management. Journal of Environmental Management 178:83-91 doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.02.028

Yamin-Pasternak, S., Schweitzer, P., Pasternak, I., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L. In press. A cup of tundra: Ethnography of water and thirst in the Bering Strait. In: A. Rosenholm and J. Costlow (eds.). Meanings and Values of Water in Russian Culture. Ashgate Books.


Alessa, L., Beaujean, G., Bower, L., Campbell, I., Chemenko, O., Copchiak, M., Fidel, M., Fleener, U., Gamble, J., Gundersen, A., Immingan, V., Jackson, L., Kalmakoff, A., Kliskey, A., Merculief, S., Pungowiyi, D., Sutton, O., Ungott, E., Ungott, J., Veldstra, J. 2015. Bering Sea Sub-Network II: Sharing Knowledge, Improving Understanding, Enabling Response – International community-based environmental observation alliance for a changing Arctic. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna: Akureyri, Iceland.

Alessa L, Kliskey A, Altaweel M, Barton, M., Bankes, S., Bondizio, E., Brown, D., Feddema, J., Grier, C., Liu, J., Moran, al. 2015. Best Practices for Integrating Social Sciences into Social Ecological Systems Science: Future Directions for Building a More Resilient America. Moscow, ID: Center for Resilient Communities, University of Idaho.  

Journal articles

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Gamble, J., Fidel, M., Beaujean, G., Gosz, J. 2015. The role of Indigenous science and local knowledge in integrated observing systems: Moving toward adaptive capacity indices and early warning systems. Sustainability Science 11(1), 91-102. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-015-0295-7.

Altaweel, M., Virapongse, A., Griffith, D., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2015. A Typology for Complex Social-Ecological Systems in Mountain Communities. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 11(2): 1-13. DOI:

Johnson, N., Alessa, L., Behe, C., Danielsen, F., Gearhead, S., Gofman, V., Kliskey, A., Krummel, E., Lynch, A., Mustonen, T., Pulsifer, P., Svoboda, M. 2015. The contributions of community-based monitoring and traditional knowledge to Arctic observing networks: Reflections on the state of the field. Arctic 68(5). DOI:

Murphy, J. Ozik, J., Collier, N., Altaweel, M., Lammers, R., Prusevich, A., Kliskey, A., and Alessa, L. 2015. Simulating Regional Hydrology and Water Management: An Integrated Agent-Based Approach. Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference. Huntington Beach, CA.

Roop, S., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Fidel, M., Beaujean, G. 2015. "We didn't cross the border; the border crossed us": Informal Social Adaptations to Formal Governance and Policies by Communities across the Bering Sea Region in the Russian Far East and United States. Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 5(1): 69-96.

Barr, B., Kliskey, A. 2014.

Perceptions of wilderness and their application to ocean and coastal waters. Ocean & Coastal Management 96: 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.04.023.

Barr, B., Kliskey, A. 2014. 

“I know it when I see it”: identifying ocean wilderness using a photo-based survey approach. Global Ecology & Conservation 2: 72-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2014.08.002.

Fidel, M., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Sutton, O. 2014.

Walrus harvest locations reflect adaptation: A contribution from a community-based observation network in the Bering Sea. Polar Geography 37(1): 48-68.

Gofman, V., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Cochrane, P. 2014. 

Local observations. International Innovation 135: 23-25. Jochum, K., Kliskey, A., Hundertmark, K., Alessa, L. 2014. Integrating complexity in the management of human-wildlife encounters. Global Environmental Change 26: 73-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.03.011

Murphy, J., Ozik, J., Collier, N., Altaweel, M., Lammers, R., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Cason, D., and Williams, P. 2014.

Water Relationships in the U.S. Southwest: Characterizing Water Management Networks Using Natural Language Processing. Water, 6. 1601. DOI:10.3390/w6061601.

Ozik, J., Collier, N., Murphy, J., Altaweel, M., Lammers, R., Prusevich, A., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L. 2014. 

Simulating Water, Individuals, and Management Using a Coupled and Distributed Approach. Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

Smith, A., Kolden, C., Tinkham, W., Talhem, A., Marshall, J., Hudak, A., Boschetti, L., Falkowski, M., Greenberg, Anderson, J., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Keefe, R., Gosz, J. 2014. 

Remote sensing the vulnerability of vegetation in natural terrestrial ecosystems. Remote Sensing of Environment 154: 322-337. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.03.038.

Stevenson, K., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2014. 

Sustainable circumpolar agriculture: Alaska and beyond Part I. Food Security, History, and Current State. Arctic 67: 271-295. DOI:

Stevenson, K., Rader, H., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Pantoja, A., Clark, M., Smeenk, J. 2014. 

Sustainable Agriculture for Alaska and the Circumpolar North Part II. Environmental, Geophysical, Biological and Socioeconomic Challenges. Arctic 67: 296-315. DOI:

Stevenson, K., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Rader, H., Pantoja, A., Clark, M., Smeenk, J. 2014. 

Sustainable Agriculture for Alaska and the Circumpolar North Part III. Sustainable Solutions to Challenges in High Latitude Farming. Arctic 67: 320-339. DOI:

Yamin-Pasternak, S., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Pasternak, I., Schweitzer, P. 2014. 

The Rotten Renaissance in the Bering Strait: Loving, loathing, and washing the smell of foods with a (re)acquired taste. Current Anthropology 55: 619-646. DOI: 10.1086/678305.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2013. 

Sustained debate: Methods to better integrate the social sciences into sustainability science. International Innovation 116: 39-41.

Huntington, H., Ortiz, I., Fall, J., Noongwook, G., Fidel, M., Childers, D., Morse, M., Beaty, J., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2013. 

Mapping human interaction with the Bering Sea ecosystem: comparing seasonal use areas, lifetime use areas, and “calorie sheds”.  Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 94(1): 292-300.

Fidel, M., V. Gofman, A. Kliskey, L. Alessa, and B. Woelber. 2012. 

Subsistence Density Mapping Brings Practical Value to Decision Making. In: C. Carothers, K.R. Criddle, C.P. Chambers, P.J. Cullenberg, J.A. Fall, A.H. Himes-Cornell, J.P. Johnsen, N.S. Kimball, C.R. Menzies, and E.S. Springer (eds.), Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change. Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Pp. 193-210. DOI:10.4027/fpncemrc.2012.15

Stevenson, K., Alessa, L., Altaweel, M., Kliskey, A., Krieger. K. 2012. 

Minding our methods: How choices of time scales, reference dates and statistical approaches can influence climate reports and policy. Environmental Science & Technology 46(14): 7435-7441. DOI: 10.1021/es2044008

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2012. 

The role of agent types in detecting and responding to environmental change. Human Organization 71(1): 1-10.

Kliskey, A., Alessa, L. 2011. 

The role of fresh water in Alaska’s communities. In: North By 2020 – Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems. A. Lovecraft and H. Eicken. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL. Chapter 3.4.

Tidwell, A., White, D, Kliskey, A. 2011. 

Planning for Change – Alaska’s Water Resources. In: North By 2020 – Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems. A. Lovecraft and H. Eicken. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL. Chapter 3.5.

The Hi’iaka Working Group (Alessa, L., Johnson, J., Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, K., Kingston, D., Kliskey, A., Louis, R., et al.). 2011. 

Indigenous knowledges driving technological innovation. AAPI Nexus Journal 9(1&2): 241-248.

Mack, S., Mack, L., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2011. 

The integration of digital terrain visualization in ethnography:  The historic village of Belkofski, Alaska. Visual Anthropology 24(5): 455-467.

Bone, C., Alessa, L., Altaweel, M., Kliskey, A., Lammers, R.  2011. 

Assessing the impacts of Local Knowledge and Technology on Climate Change Vulnerability in Remote Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8: 733-761.  doi:10.3390/ijerph8030733.

Alessa, L., Altaweel, M., Kliskey, A., Bone, C., Schnabel, W., Stevenson, K. 2011. 

Water in Alaska: the next 50 years. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 47(1):143-157. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00498.x.

Bone, C., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Altaweel, M. 2010.

The influence of statistical methods and reference dates on describing temperature changes in Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research , VOL. 115, D19122, 12 PP., 2010 doi:10.1029/2010JD014289.

Altaweel, M., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2010. 

A framework to structure agent-based modeling data for social-ecological systems. Structure & Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 4(1): 1-18.

Altaweel, M., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2010. 

Visualizing situational data: applying information fusion for detecting social-ecological events. Social Science Computer Review 28(4). doi:10.1177/0894439309360837.

Schweitzer, P., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Yamin-Pasternak, S. 

Livelihoods on thawing ground: relationships with water resources near the Bering Strait. Anthropology News, February 2010.

Stevenson, K.T., Fitzsimmons, K.M., Clay, P.A., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2010. 

Integration of aquaculture and arid lands agriculture for water reuse of and reduced fertilizer dependency. Experimental Agriculture 46(2): 183-190.

Altaweel, M., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2010. 

Monitoring land use: capturing change through an information fusion approach. Sustainability 2(5), 1182-1203; doi:10.3390/su2051182.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Williams, P. 2010. 

Forgetting freshwater: The effect of modernization on water values in remote Arctic communities. Society and Natural Resources 23: 254-268.

Altaweel, M., Alessa, L., and Kliskey, A. 2010.

Social influence and decision-making: evaluating agent networks in village responses to change in freshwater.Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 13(1) 15.

Altaweel, M., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2009.

Forecasting resilience in arctic societies:  creating tools for assessing social-hydrological systems. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45(6): 1379-1389. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00370.x.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., and Altaweel, M. 2009. 

Toward a typology of social-ecological systems. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 5, 31-41. 

Kliskey, A., Alessa, L, and Barr, B. 2009. 

Integrating local and traditional ecological knowledge for marine resilience. In: Managing for resilience: new directions for marine ecosystem-based management. K. McLeod and H. Leslie (eds.). Island Press Publishers. pp. 145–161.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Lammers, R., Arp, C., White, D., Busey, R., Hinzman, L. 2008.

The Arctic water resources vulnerability index: An integrated assessment tool for community resilience and vulnerability with respect to freshwater. Environmental Management 42, 523-541.

Alessa, L., Chapin, F.S., and Kliskey, A. 2008. 

Anthropogenic biomes: a key contribution to earth-system science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23, 529-531.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., White, D., Busey, B., Hinzman, L. 2008. 

Freshwater vulnerabilities and resilience on the Seward Peninsula as a consequence of landscape change. Global Environmental Change 18, 256-270.

Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Brown, G. 2008. 

Social-ecological Hotspots Mapping: a spatial approach for identifying coupled social-ecological space. Landscape and Urban Planning 85, 27-39.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Williams, P., White, D., Barton, M. 2008. 

Memory, water and resilience: Perception of change in freshwater resources in remote Arctic resource-dependent communities. Global Environmental Change 18, 153-164.

Janssen, M., Alessa, L. and Barton, M. 2008. 

Toward a Community Framework for Complexity Modeling in the Social Sciences. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 11(2)6 

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Williams, P. 2007.

The distancing effect of modernization on the perception of water resources in Arctic communities. Polar Geography 30, 175-191.

 Chambers, M., White, D., Hinzman, L., Strang, E., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2007. 

Potential impacts of a changing Arctic on freshwater resources on the Seward Peninsula. Journal of Geophysical Research 112, G04S52.

 White, D., Hinzman, L., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. et al. 2007. 

The Arctic freshwater system: changes and impacts. Journal of Geophysical Research 112, G04S54.

Eikaas, H, Kliskey, A., McIntosh, A. 2005. 

Spatial modeling and habitat quantification for two diadromous fish in New Zealand streams: a GIS-based approach with application for conservation management. Environmental Management, 36: 726-740.

Eikaas, H, McIntosh, A., Kliskey, A. 2005. 

Catchment and site scale influences on presence of koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis Gunther) in New Zealand streams. Freshwater Biology, 50: 527-538.

Kliskey, A.D., and Byrom, A.E. 2004. 

Development of a GIS-based methodology for quantifying predation risk in a spatial context. Transactions in GIS, 8, 13-22.

Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Robards, M. 2004. 

Ecological impacts of ecotourist visitation on macroalgal beds in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. In. R. Buckley (ed.). Environmental Impacts of Ecotourism. CAB International; Wallingford, UK. pp. 349-360.

Brown, G., Smith, C., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. 2004. 

A comparison of perceptions of biological values with scientific assessment of biological importance. Applied Geography, 24, 161-180.

Kliskey, A.D., Alessa, L., Robards, M. 2004. 

Extending the wilderness concept as a cultural resource. Wilderness and Wildness 2004: 297-293.

Alessa, L., Bennett, S.M., Kliskey, A.D. 2003. 

Effects of knowledge, personal attribution and perception of ecosystem health on depreciative behaviors in the intertidal zone of Pacific Rim National Park and Reserve. Journal of Environmental Management, 68, 207-218.

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