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Effects of Climate Change on the Seasonality of Weather for Tourism in Alaska

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dc.contributor.author Yu, Gongmei
dc.contributor.author Schwartz, Zvi
dc.contributor.author Walsh, John E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-28T20:13:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-28T20:13:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7608
dc.description.abstract "This study presents a method to identify and categorize seasonal patterns of weather conducive to specific tourism activities, using a tourism climate index based on hourly weather data. We examined changes in seasonal weather patterns in recent decades (1942-2005) at two Alaska destinations, King Salmon and Anchorage. The results indicate that climate warming has had both positive and negative effects on opportunities for tourism. The overall weather conditions for sightseeing in King Salmon have improved significantly with a lengthening of the season, which now starts 10 days earlier than in the 1940s. Conversely, weather conditions for skiing in Anchorage have deteriorated, primarily because weather suitable for skiing now ends about nine days earlier than in the 1940s. Future climate change (i.e., continued warming) is very likely to extend the sightseeing season at King Salmon, but is less likely to improve the quality of the peak season. At the same time, though warming is likely to shorten the total time for skiing each year at Anchorage, it is also likely to improve the quality of the winter season and increase the frequency of years when skiing quality peaks in mid-winter. For both activities, changes of spring temperature will have the greatest impact on tourism weather. Tourism indices such as the one presented here can be tailored to the requirements of specific tourist activities, providing an opportunity for improved tourism planning and decision making." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject impact assessment en_US
dc.title Effects of Climate Change on the Seasonality of Weather for Tourism in Alaska en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector New Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Arctic en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 62 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 443-457 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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