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

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>

September 1, 2016: ArcticDEM v1.0 Alaska
The ArcticDEM project is a response to the need for high quality elevation data in remote locations of the Arctic. The current ArcticDEM release contains version v1.0 of Alaska. ArcticDEM is an NGA-NSF public-private initiative to automatically produce a high-resolution, high quality, digital surface model (DSM) of the Arctic using optical stereo imagery, high-performance computing, and open source photogrammetry software. ArcticDEM data is constructed from in-track, high-resolution (~0.5 meter) imagery acquired by the DigitalGlobe constellation of optical imaging satellites and licensed through the NGA NextView contact. The producers did not intend for the final product to be produced as a single edited product, but rather as a collection of time-dependent elevation models created from continuous acquisitions of imagery by an ever-expanding constellation of satellites. This will allow an ever-increasing volume of DEM products as well as improvements in data quality.<br><br> For more information: <a title='ArcticDEM' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8313' />Click Here</a><br><br> <img src='/attachments/2efeca583ebc722a008e9fcfbbba195d0b465e6d/store/MjAxNi8wOS8wNi85MmI1NmFlNTdmZWViZDgyYTI2ZmQwZDM1ZmFkY2YyNzYzNDFjMjA4YzBjOTk2MjQ3YTYwNmM4NjViYzg/ArcticDEM.PNG' />

July 31, 2016: Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Ecology Catalog
This publication provides analysts and others with a single, authoritative scientific reference about the biology and ecology of marine fishes in the United States Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Biodiversity is broadly assessed with respect to current understanding of (1) classification and taxonomy, (2) abundance and geographic distribution, and (3) life history and population ecology. A focus of this study has been on new information and discoveries about this fauna since the publication of Fishes of Alaska (Mecklenburg and others, 2002). <br><br> For further information: <a title='undefined' href='http://catalog.northslope.org/catalog/entries/8306' />Click Here</a>