Wildlife Potential Habitat Forecasting Project (WildCast): Photographic Transect Data

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WildCast (WILDlife Potential Habitat ForeCASTing Project) is a completed project led by USGS, in collaboration with the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Below are the results of the photographic transect project of northwest Alaska, providing access to the photographs, videos, flight routes, and associated data, that were taken during July 16, 17, and 18, 2013. The images depict land cover types as a baseline for measuring future change and to complement other existing grid-based sample photography of the region.

Nadir and oblique images and video were taken of the arctic landscape during low altitude transects conducted from small aircraft over the National Park Service’s Arctic Network (Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Noatak National Preserve) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Selawik National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Alaska.

Data
For more information about the data, click on the respective metadata link. To download data, click on the the product name. The download packages can be quite large.

Groupings are listed by the name of the flight transect, camera or application used, and download size in brackets.

  • Flight transects: Bering = Bering Land Bridge National Preserve; Kobuk = Kobuk Valley National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and Selawik National Wildlife Refuge; Noatak = Noatak National Preserve and Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
  • Camera used: Drift = Drift HD-170; GoPro = GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition; Panfz = Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200; Pansz7 = Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7; Canon = Canon Rebel 3Ti.
  • Applications: Garmin = Garmin Oregon 550t; Igotu = i-gotU GT-120; Google = Google Earth.
“Drunken forest” of white spruce from permafrost melt along thermokarst lake shoreline, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge

“Drunken forest” of white spruce from permafrost melt along thermokarst lake shoreline, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge.  (Public domain.)

Flight Paths
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Images - Nadir
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Partially drained thermokarst lake with residual pool and patterned ground, Seward Peninsula

Partially drained thermokarst lake with residual pool and patterned ground , Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Seward Peninsula.  (Public domain.)

Videos - Nadir
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Images - Oblique
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Coastal erosion, Baldwin Peninsula

Coastal erosion, Baldwin Peninsula.  (Public domain.)

Videos - Oblique
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