Welcome to the North Slope Science Catalog

The North Slope Science Catalog has been developed by the North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) to facilitate the discovery and distribution of data and information products that promote science based research and management within the North Slope region of Alaska and contribute to a better understanding of the circum-arctic region.

Catalog News

December 12, 2016: Shell Exploration Data and Reports
NSSI is working together with Shell and their associated contractors, to release environmental data that were collected as part of their exploration on Alaska's North Slope. These data include reports and data associated with grounded ice features, onshore environmental assessment, hydrology, freeze up, ice drift, coastal and overflooding as well as upward looking sonar. These data are a valuable contribution toward our understanding of this region. We will continue to update our holding as we process the data. <br><br> To view the current Shell Data/Report Collection: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bquery%5D=&search%5Border%5D=relevance&limit=20&commit=Search&search%5Bcollections%5D%5B%5D=7&search%5Bstarts_after%5D=&search%5Bstarts_before%5D=&search%5Bends_after%5D=&search%5Bends_before%5D=' />Click Here</a> <br><br> Or select the 'Shell Data/Reports' collection on the 'Search' page and click search.

November 7, 2016: Air Quality Database for Arctic Alaska - 2016; NPRA Meteorological Assessment and Gap Analysis
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) together with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation have recently completed an update of the Air Quality Database (AQD). This database contains a listing of data, literature and models that are relevant to addressing air quality management questions on the North Slope of Alaska. The AQD consists of ACCESS tables, forms and reports that allow a user to search and view descriptions of air quality information. Links to the data, literature and models are provided. <br><br> For further information regarding AQD:<a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8363' />Click Here</a> <br><br> The BLM has also completed a meteorological assessment and gap analysis for the NPRA. The purpose of this work is to assess climate data for inland NPRA and specifically the Atqasut Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS). This report also investigates whether additional meteorologic stations are needed for characterization of non-coastal NPRA. <br><br> For further information regarding the NPRA meteorological assessment and gap analysis:<a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8364' />Click Here</a>

October, 25, 2016: Arctic Circumpolar Distribution and Soil Carbon of Thermokarst Landscapes, 2015
This data set provides the distribution of thermokarst landscapes in the boreal and tundra ecoregions within the northern circumpolar permafrost zones. This dataset provides an areal estimate of wetland, lake, and hillslope thermokarst landscapes as of 2015. Estimates of soil organic carbon (SOC) content associated with thermokarst and non-thermokarst landscapes were based on available circumpolar 0 to 3 meter SOC storage data. <br><br> For further information: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8337' />Click Here</a>

September 23, 2016: NHD Update (7/27/2016)
The NHD waterbodies and flowlines GIS files for HUC4 1906, 1906, 1908 and 1909 were merged and clipped to the North Slope region and are provided for download. This will facilitate North Slope area-wide analysis. In addition, links to the USGS NHD ftp site are provided for download of the original data sets. These data are periodically updated and users are encouraged to check the USGS NHD site for updates. <br><br> To access the data: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/3046' />Click Here</a>

September 11, 2016: NSSI Scenarios: Prioritizing Science Needs Through Participatory Scenarios for Energy and Resource Development on the North Slope and Adjacent Seas
The North Slope Science Initiation (NSSI) commissioned a scenario project as a means to provide NSSI member agencies with guidance for moving forward on implementing research and monitoring recommendations and priorities. The NSSI partnered with a research consortium, formed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and GeoAdaptive, LLC, a scenario-specialist consulting group, to develop the Scenarios Project. These scenarios for energy and resource development helped envision the potential future state of the socio-ecological systems of the North Slope and adjacent seas, and can thereby inform and help resource management agencies to develop appropriate research and monitoring strategies for the future.<br><br> The scenarios identified through this collaborative effort reflect a plausible range of potential future conditions in the region through 2040. However, these scenarios do not represent a development plan for the region; they were designed to be used as the basis for discussion on the future of the region to help best identify future research and monitoring priorities. As noted above, while the outcomes of this project provide a powerful and widely vetted tool to inform research and monitoring priorities, they do not set those priorities for NSSI or its individual member entities. This is not a policy document.<br><br> To access the NSSI Scenarios Reports: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8302' />Click Here</a> <br><br> To access the NSSI Scenarios Mapping Results (GIS): <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8304' />Click Here</a> <br><br> To access the spatial data (GIS) used in the NSSI Scenarios Analysis: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8303' />Click Here</a>