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Weighing type precipitation gage is on the left and new radar-based sensor in on a pole on the right
November 13, 2020

Weighing type precipitation gage and new radar-based sensor

The Wolverine Glacier weather station was installed in 1968, and at 3250 ft is the highest elevation long-term weather record on the Kenai Peninsula. On October 19, 2020, USGS scientists upgraded the power system to a Lithium battery bank and installed a radar-based precipitation sensor (Lufft WS-100) to compare with the weighing based precipitation gage. From this angle

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A white-fronted goose flies over a nesting area near Point Lonely, Alaska
November 13, 2020

White-fronted goose flies over a nesting area near Point Lonely, AK

A white-fronted goose flies over a nesting area near Point Lonely, Alaska. For more information about this USGS study read "Effects of industrial and investigator disturbance on Arctic-nesting geese" at: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70192845

Wolverine Glacier weather station in the Kenai Mountains on the coast of south-central Alaska
October 31, 2020

Wolverine Glacier weather station on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

The Wolverine Glacier weather station was installed in 1968, and at 3250 ft is the highest elevation long-term weather record on the Kenai Peninsula. On October 19, 2020, USGS scientists upgraded the power system to a Lithium battery bank and installed a radar-based precipitation sensor (Lufft WS-100) to compare with the weighing based precipitation gage.  The data from

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The new radar-based precipitation sensor is on the left, with the anemometer, wind vane, and GOES antenna on the station shack
October 31, 2020

Upgraded Wolverine Glacier weather station, Alaska

The Wolverine Glacier weather station was installed in 1968, and at 3250 ft is the highest elevation long-term weather record on the Kenai Peninsula. In Ocotober 2020, USGS scientists upgraded the power system to a Lithium battery bank and installed a radar-based precipitation sensor (Lufft WS-100) to compare with the weighing based precipitation gage. The new radar-based

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Close up of the new radar precipitation sensor on the top of the pole at Wolverine Glacier, Alaska
October 31, 2020

Close up of the new radar precipitation sensor on the top of the pole

The Wolverine Glacier weather station was installed in 1968, and at 3250 ft is the highest elevation long-term weather record on the Kenai Peninsula. Close up of the new radar precipitation sensor on the top of the pole. The crazy looking thing in the middle of the picture is an aspirated temperature sensor. Have you ever noticed a day where it feels really hot in the sun

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Black Oystercatcher on Gull Island, Alaska
October 20, 2020

Black Oystercatcher on Gull Island, Alaska

Black Oystercatcher on Gull Island, Kachemak Bay, Alaska 

USGS scientists map river bathymetry around bridge piers in the Copper River Delta, Alaska
September 30, 2020

Mapping river bathymetry in the Copper River Delta, Alaska

USGS scientists Robin Beebee (left) and Jeff Conaway use a boat-mounted multibeam echosounder to map river bathymetry around bridge piers in the Copper River Delta of Alaska. The bathymetric mapping is part of a streambed scour study conducted in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Pelagic cormorant, Gull Island, Kachemak Bay Alaska
August 24, 2020

Pelagic cormorant, Gull Island, Kachemak Bay Alaska

Pelagic cormorant, Gull Island, Kachemak Bay Alaska

Thick-billed Murres on the Pribilof Islands
August 24, 2020

Thick-billed Murres on the Pribilof Islands

Thick-billed Murres on the Pribilof Islands

Scientists in boat record observations along nearshore transects in Kachemak Bay, Alaska
July 31, 2020

Scientists record nearshore transects in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Brian Robinson (USGS) and Ben Weitzman (NOAA) record observations along nearshore transects in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. USGS is studying the migration strategies and movement ecology of Black Oystercatchers as part of the new tracking study.

 

Caitlin Marsteller prepares to release a Black Oystercatcher, Alaska
July 31, 2020

Caitlin Marsteller prepares to release a Black Oystercatcher, Alaska

USGS Biologist Caitlin Marsteller prepares to release a Black Oystercatcher after assisting with the collection of morphometric data and tagging. Data were collected from Black Oystercatchers as part of a new study to better understand migration strategies and movement ecology of the species.

Biologist releases a Black Oystercatcher on Beach in Alaska
July 31, 2020

Caitlin Marsteller releases a Black Oystercatcher on beach in Alaska

USGS Biologist Caitlin Marsteller releases a Black Oystercatcher after assisting with the collection of morphometric data and tagging. Data were collected from Black Oystercatchers as part of a new study to better understand migration strategies and movement ecology of the species.