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September 22, 2017: Indigenous peoples and responsible data
The Responsible Data community has compiled an introductory reading list about responsible data protocols for indigenous communities. Together, they offer an introduction to the topic of responsible data protocols for indigenous communities. The suggested works are divided into sections: examples of ethical research guidelines for working with indigenous people, responsible data research guidelines, examples of indigenous data initiatives, and upcoming projects.

For further information: Click Here

August 21, 2017: Meteorological Monitoring Program - BLM NPRA - Data Summaries
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has established a meteorological monitoring station in a remote location of the southeastern NPR-A where there is a lack of high quality dispersion meteorological data for use in modeling and climatological data representing the region between the North Slope Coastal Plain and Brooks Range foothills. Annual data summaries for observations during 2014-2017 are provided along with quality assurrance reports.

For further information: Click Here

August 18, 2017: Regional Cover Mapping of Tundra Plant Functional Types in Arctic Alaska (circa 2015)
Ecosystem maps are foundational tools that support multi-disciplinary study design and applications including wildlife habitat assessment, monitoring, and earth-system modeling. Here we present continuous-field cover maps for tundra plant functional types (PFTs) across ~125,000 km² of Alaska’s North Slope at 30 m resolution.

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August 8, 2017: Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
Audubon Alaska has produced an Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas that provides a description of the natural history and ecological relationships in the Arctic marine environment. This comprehensive, trans-boundary atlas contains over 100 maps of Arctic marine mammals, seabirds, sea ice, subsistence, and more. The Atlas is organized into six sections that build, layer by layer, the ecological foundation of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. These sections are physical setting, biological setting, fishes, birds, mammals and human uses.

For more information: Click Here

Also check out the Audubon Ecological Atlas of Alaska's Western Arctic 3rd Edition: Click Here

July 24, 2017: A Literature Review of the Effects of Helicopter Disturbance and Noise on Selected Wildlife Species
This document provides a summary of literature that evaluates the effects of noise, primarily from helicopters, on large mammals and migratory birds. The literature was compiled by ABR for the U.S. Army as part of an EIS and was prepared in 2007.

For further information: Click Here

July 19, 2017: Effects of Industrial and Investigator Disturbance on Arctic-Nesting Geese
USGS investigators monitored nests of greater white-fronted geese with digital cameras and periodic nest visits during 2013-2014 at two sites on the Arctic Coastal Plain to estimate effects of industrial activity and investigator disturbance on avian productivity. Results of this study are summarized in a Journal article and at a USGS website.

For further information: Click Here

June 21, 2017: BLM Aviation Rules and Actions to Reduce Disturbance
Distrubance from aircraft is viewed as a threat to subsistence activities consequently it is important that all researchers on the North Slope consider best practices to minimize conflict. This document summarizes BLM understanding of the problem, provides a summary of BLM regulations for aircraft in NPR-A and presents best managment practices for aircraft operations. These guidelines are intended to help minimize conflicts between subsistence activities and aircraft operations on the North Slope.

To download the document: Click Here

For further information on the NPR-A Subsistance Advisory Panel: Click Here

June 8, 2017: Chukchi Shelf Bathymetry and Shallow Geology Compilation
Shell Exploration & Production Company (Shell) contracted with Canadian Seabed Research Ltd. to compile and analyze bathymetry seafloor shallow geology data for the Chukchi Sea. The reports and data from this study are available for download.

For Shallow Geology Data and Reports: Click Here

For Bathymetry Data and Reports: Click Here

May 5, 2017: Invasive Species Database
The Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) maintains the Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC) which is a database and mapping application that provides information about non-native plant species in Alaska and neighboring Canadian Territories. ACCS tracks all non-native plants known to occur in Alaska. In addition, ACCS has compiled biographies for over half of the 350 non-native plant species that are known or likely to occur in Alaska.

ACCS invites participation and submission of observations. Field observation reporting forms are availabe at the AKEPIC website.

For further information: Click Here

CAFF and PAME have recently produced an action plan that sets forth the priority actions that the Arctic Council and its partners are encouraged to take to protect the Arctic region from a significant threat: the adverse impacts of invasive alien species. These priority actions span terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems.

For further information: Click Here

April 27, 2017: ADOG Map of Oil and Gas Activity - Update
Alaska Division of Oil and Gas has recently updated their map of oil and gas activity on the North Slope of Alaska. This map shows locations and operator activities throughout the North Slope.

For further information: Click Here

April 9, 2017: Ozone Monitoring Pilot Project National Petroleum Reserve Inigok, Alaska
This report summarizes and analyzes ozone data measured at the BLM Inigok site located in a remote area on Alaska’s North Slope in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) during the 2014 field season. Results from this effort are compared to data collected during the same time period at Barrow and Umiat.

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March 20, 2017: Reliability Based Design Criteria for Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Structures
A full complement of design values for the North Slope region is required to implement and ultimately, produce safe and reliable offshore structure designs. This project included identification of existing metocean data of good quality and quantity to serve as an adequate statistical sample of data. After processing into a common format, bulk statistics were calculated from the samples that are relevant to offshore structure design. These statics included quantile values corresponding to parameter values with a low rate of occurrence ie. identify those values of metocean parameters that have occurred, but occur infrequently.

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February 23, 2017: Hilcorp Ecological Study Reports for 2015
Hilcorp Alaska, LLC assumed 50% ownership and 100% operatorship of the Milne Point Unit, and 100% ownership and 100% operatorship of Northstar Island and Endicott Island (including the main production Island and the satellite drilling island) from BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc on 18 Nov. 2014, . As part of this transfer of assets, Hilcorp Alaska, LLC assumed responsibility for several ecological monitoring projects associated with the transferred North Slope assets. The links herein will serve as a repository for the annual reports that are generated for each of the projects. Only 2015 and later reports are included as that was the first year Hilcorp executed the projects.

These reports currently include:
Summary of 2015 Subsistence Whaling Season at Cross Island
Beaufort Sea Fish Monitoring Study of Nearshore Fishes in the Prudhoe Bay Region: 2015 Annual Report
Monitoring of industrial sounds, seals and bowhead whales near Hilcorp Northstar Oil Development, Alaska Beaufort Sea 2015 Summary Report

Locate these reports in Catalog using the 'Hilcorp' collection in the search menus or: Click Here

February 17, 2017: AkDOG Updates to North Slope Unit Working Interest and Oil and Gas Activity Maps
Alaska Division of Oil and Gas maps for North Slope Unit Land Working Interest Ownership (January 2017) and North Slope Oil and Gas Activity Map (December 2016) have been updated. They are also available from the AkDOG website (see links on record).

For further information: Click Here for OG Activity Map or Click Here for WIO Mmap

February 10, 2017: ASL ULS/ADCP Instrument Specifications
Instrument specification for ASL ULS/ADCP studies have been added to Catalog for download. Upward Looking Sonar (ULS) and Acoustic Dopler Current Profiler(ADCP) are part of the Shell data delivery. These data and the associated reports and documentation are processed data for ice keel depth, ice velocity and ocean current profile measurements and include vessel observations. Deployment of ULS and ADCP started in 2005 for the Beaufort Sea and in 2008 for the Chukchi Sea. This work continued through 2014.

For further information: Click Here

February 8, 2017: 2017-2021 IARPC Research Plan
Created by Congress and now a subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) plays a critical role in advancing scientific knowledge and understanding of the changing Arctic through research planning. IARPC exercises this role through coordination across 14 Federal agencies and collaboration with outside collaborators through its implementation structure—IARPC Collaborations.

Follow the link below to the approved IARPC research plan for the next five years. This plan is supposed to be followed by all federal agencies with missions in the U.S. Arctic.

For further information: Click Here

January, 18, 2017: Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria
The Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria was created in 2007 to bring together regional herbaria and provide an online portal to the wealth of existing and emerging information about the flora of Pacific Northwest North America. Over 35,000 records for collections on the North Slope region of Alaska are available from this portal. Specimens from the Alaska State Museum, University of Alaska - Anchorage and University of Alaska - Fairbanks can be found. The portal includes geographic locations (map) as well as photographs and descriptions.

For further information: Click Here

February 1, 2017: Upward Looking Sonar (ULS) and Acoustic Dopler Current Profiler(ADCP) Data
As part of the Shell data delivery, ULS and ADCP data for the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas are now available for download. These data and the associated reports and documentation are processed data for ice keel depth, ice velocity and ocean current profile measurements and include vessel observations. Deployment of ULS and ADCP started in 2005 for the Beaufort Sea and in 2008 for the Chukchi Sea. This work continued through 2014.

For further information: Click Here

Unprocessed data can be made available separately. Please contact the Catalog Data Manager for further information

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 holdings as we process the data.

To view the current Shell Data/Report Collection: Click Here

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.

For further information regarding AQD:Click Here

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.

For further information regarding the NPRA meteorological assessment and gap analysis:Click Here

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.

For further information: Click Here

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.

To access the data: Click Here

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.

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.

To access the NSSI Scenarios Reports: Click Here

To access the NSSI Scenarios Mapping Results (GIS): Click Here

To access the spatial data (GIS) used in the NSSI Scenarios Analysis: Click Here

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.

To access the AVA AK Report: Click Here

To access the AVA AK Portal: Click Here

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.

For more information: Click Here


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).

For further information: Click Here

May 5, 2016: Community Based Monitoring and Indigenous Knowledge
The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) recently completed a review of community-based monitoring in the Arctic. This report had a particular focus on the role of Indigenous Knowledge and it provides recommendations to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) about how to support engagement and development of community-based monitoring. Data describing community based monitoring was compiled and is available through an online web mapping application hosted by ELOKA.

May 24, 2016: NSF Best Practices
The National Science Foundation (NSF) generated a 'best practices' summary as a reference for researchers working in the North. All researchers working in the North have an ethical responsibility toward the people of the North, their cultures, and the environment. The NSF identified principles to provide guidance for researchers in the physical, biological, behavioral, health, economic, political, and social sciences and in the humanities. These principles should be observed when carrying out or sponsoring research in Arctic and northern regions or when applying the results of this research.

March 8, 2016: BPXA Long Term Monitoring Report 2014
Every two years BP has been producing a synthesis of their long term monitoring research. BP has released their latest long-term ecological monitoring annual report for the company's North Slope oil fields.

November 10, 2015: Alaska Arctic Vegetation Archive (AAVA)
The Alaska Arctic Vegetation Archive (AAVA) is a prototype database. The goal of the AVA is to unite and harmonize the vegetation data from the Arctic tundra biome for use in developing a pan-Arctic vegetation classification and to facilitate research on vegetation and biodiversity change and ecosystem models. This open-access database will be the first to represent an entire global biome.

February 29, 2016: Catalog Software Update
Over the next month we will be transitioning Catalog to new software in order to improve services. This will entail changes in pages and refresh of content. Please bear with us during this transition.

Sept. 21, 2015: Conduct of Traditional Knowledge Research
This document is intended as a reference guide providing detailed technical guidance and supporting rationale for best practices that should be fully considered by anyone contemplating, undertaking and applying traditional knowledge research.