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

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>

September 7, 2016: Arctic Vegetation Archive (AVA AK)
The Alaska Arctic Vegetation Archive (AVA-AK, GIVD-ID: NA-US-014) is a free, publically available database archive of vegetation-plot data from the Arctic tundra region of northern Alaska. The archive currently contains 24 datasets with 3,026 non-overlapping plots. Of these, 74% have geolocation data with 25-m or better precision. Species cover data and header data are stored in a Turboveg database. A standardized Pan Arctic Species List provides a consistent nomenclature for vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens in the archive. A web-based online Alaska Arctic Geoecological Atlas (AGA-AK) allows viewing and downloading the species data in a variety of formats, and provides access to a wide variety of ancillary data.<br><br> To access the AVA AK Report: <a title='AVA AK' href='http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/phyt/pre-prints/content-phyto-00-0-0000-0000-walker-0128-prepub-ingenta' />Click Here</a> <br><br> To access the AVA AK Portal: <a title='AVA AK' href='http://alaskaaga.gina.alaska.edu/plot-archive' />Click Here</a>