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Alaska Science Center

Alaska Science Center

4210 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-7000

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Volcano Science Center

Volcano Science Center

4230 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-7497

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Climate Adaptation Science Center

Climate Adaptation Science Center

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Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-301-7830

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USGS research activities relevant to Alaska have yielded more than 9400 historical publications. This page features some of the most recent newsworthy research findings.

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Arctic Science for Decision Maker

2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Inundation, sedimentation, and subsidence creates goose habitat along the Arctic coast of Alaska

The Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska is characterized by thermokarst lakes and drained lake basins, and the rate of coastal erosion has increased during the last half-century. Portions of the coast are <1 m above sea level for kilometers inland, and are underlain by ice-rich permafrost. Increased storm surges or terrestrial subsidence would...

Tape, Ken D.; Flint, Paul L.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Gaglioti, Benjamin V.
Inundation, sedimentation, and subsidence creates goose habitat along the Arctic coast of Alaska; 2013; Article; Journal; Environmental Research Letters; Tape, Ken D.; Flint, Paul L.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Gaglioti, Benjamin V.

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Estuarine environments as rearing habitats for juvenile Coho Salmon in contrasting south-central Alaska watersheds

For Pacific salmon, estuaries are typically considered transitional staging areas between freshwater and marine environments, but their potential as rearing habitat has only recently been recognized. The objectives of this study were two-fold: (1) to determine if Coho Salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch were rearing in estuarine habitats, and (2) to...

Hoem Neher, Tammy D.; Rosenberger, Amanda E.; Zimmerman, Christian E.; Walker, Coowe M.; Baird, Steven J.
Estuarine environments as rearing habitats for juvenile Coho Salmon in contrasting south-central Alaska watersheds; 2013; Article; Journal; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; Hoem Neher, Tammy D.; Rosenberger, Amanda E.; Zimmerman, Christian E.; Walker, Coowe M.; Baird, Steven J.

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Evaluation of blood and muscle tissues for molecular detection and characterization of hematozoa infections in northern pintails (Anas acuta) wintering in California

Information on the molecular detection of hematozoa from different tissue types and multiple years would be useful to inform sample collection efforts and interpret results of meta-analyses or investigations spanning multiple seasons. In this study, we tested blood and muscle tissue collected from northern pintails (Anas acuta) during autumn and...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Fleskes, Joseph P.; Yabsley, Michael J.
Ramey, A. M., J. P. Fleskes, J. A. Schmutz, and M. J. Yabsley. 2013. Evaluation of blood and muscle tissues for molecular detection and characterization of haematozoa infections in Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) wintering in California. International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2:102-109. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2013.02.001

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Choosing and using climate change scenarios for ecological-impact assessments and conservation decisions

Increased concern over climate change is demonstrated by the many efforts to assess climate effects and develop adaptation strategies. Scientists, resource managers, and decision makers are increasingly expected to use climate information, but they struggle with its uncertainty. With the current proliferation of climate simulations and downscaling...

Amy K. Snover; Nathan J. Mantua; Littell, Jeremy S.; Michael A. Alexander; Michelle M. McClure; Janet Nye

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Geomorphic factors related to the persistence of subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill has persisted along shorelines of Prince William Sound, Alaska, for more than two decades as both surface and subsurface oil residues. To better understand the distribution of persistent subsurface oil and assess the potential need for further restoration, a thorough and quantitative understanding of the...

Nixon, Zachary; Michel, Jacqueline; Hayes, Miles O.; Irvine, Gail V.; Short, Jeffrey
Geomorphic factors related to the persistence of subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Coastal Research; Nixon, Zachary; Michel, Jacqueline; Hayes, Miles O.; Irvine, Gail V.; Short, Jeffrey

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Genetic diversity and mutation of avian paramyxovirus serotype 1 (Newcastle disease virus) in wild birds and evidence for intercontinental spread

Avian paramyxovirus serotype 1 (APMV-1), or Newcastle disease virus, is the causative agent of Newcastle disease, one of the most economically important diseases for poultry production worldwide and a cause of periodic epizootics in wild birds in North America. In this study, we examined the genetic diversity of APMV-1 isolated from migratory...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Reeves, Andrew B.; Ogawa, Haruko; Ip, Hon S.; Imai, Kunitoshi; Bui, V. N.; Yamaguchi, Emi; Silko, N. Y.; Afonso, C.L.
Ramey, A. M., A. B. Reeves, H. Ogawa, H. S. Ip, K. Imai, V. N. Bui, E. Yamaguchi, N. Y. Silko, and C. L. Afonso. 2013. Genetic diversity and mutation of avian paramyxovirus serotype 1 (Newcastle disease virus) in wild birds and evidence for intercontinental spread. Archives of Virology 158(12):2495-2503. doi:10.1007/s00705-013-1761-0

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Two flysch belts having distinctly different provenance suggest no stratigraphic link between the Wrangellia composite terrane and the paleo-Alaskan margin

The provenance of Jurassic to Cretaceous flysch along the northern boundary of the allochthonous Wrangellia composite terrane, exposed from the Lake Clark region of southwest Alaska to the Nutzotin Mountains in eastern Alaska, suggests that the flysch can be divided into two belts having different sources. On the north, the Kahiltna flysch and...

Hults, Chad P.; Wilson, Frederic H.; Donelick, Raymond A.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.
Two flysch belts having distinctly different provenance suggest no stratigraphic link between the Wrangellia composite terrane and the paleo-Alaskan margin; 2013; Article; Journal; Lithosphere; Hults, Chad P.; Wilson, Frederic H.; Donelick, Raymond A.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.

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Brant (Branta bernnicla)

The Brant (called Brent Goose in Europe) is a small dark goose that occurs throughout much of the northern hemisphere. In contrast to other goose species, Brant are characterized by their extensive use of native coastal habitats outside the breeding season. Three to four subspecies are recognized (see Systematics), mainly on...

Ward, David H.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Reed, A.; Sedinger, J.S.
Lewis, T. L., D. H. Ward, J. S. Sedinger, A. Reed and D. V. Derksen. 2013 Brant (BrantA bernnicla), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/337 doi:10.2173/bna.337

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Recent lake ice-out phenology within and among lake districts of Alaska, U.S.A.

The timing of ice-out in high latitudes is a fundamental threshold for lake ecosystems and an indicator of climate change. In lake-rich regions, the loss of ice cover also plays a key role in landscape and climatic processes. Thus, there is a need to understand lake ice phenology at multiple scales. In this study, we observed ice-out timing on 55...

Arp, Christopher D.; Jones, Benjamin M.; Grosse, Guido
Recent lake ice-out phenology within and among lake districts of Alaska, U.S.A.; 2013; Article; Journal; Limnology and oceanography; Arp, Christopher D.; Jones, Benjamin M.; Grosse, Guido

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Genetics, recruitment, and migration patterns of Arctic Cisco (Coregonus autumnalis) in the Colville River, Alaska and Mackenzie River, Canada

Arctic cisco Coregonus autumnalis have a complex anadromous life history, many aspects of which remain poorly understood. Some life history traits of Arctic cisco from the Colville River, Alaska, and Mackenzie River basin, Canada, were investigated using molecular genetics, harvest data, and otolith microchemistry. The Mackenzie hypothesis, which...

Zimmerman, Christian E.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Turner, S.; Mueter, Franz J.; Murphy, S.; Nielsen, Jennifer L.
Zimmerman, C. E., A. M. Ramey, S. M. Turner, F. J. Mueter, S. M. Murphy, and J. L. Nielsen. 2013. Genetics, recruitment, and migration patterns of Arctic Cisco (Coregonus autumnalis) in the Colville River, Alaska and Mackenzie River, Canada. Polar Biology 36(11):1543-1555. doi:10.1007/s00300-013-1372-y

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Forest ecosystems: Vegetation, disturbance, and economics: Chapter 5

Forests cover about 47% of the Northwest (NW–Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) (Smith et al. 2009, fig. 5.1, table 5.1). The impacts of current and future climate change on NW forest ecosystems are a product of the sensitivities of ecosystem processes to climate and the degree to which humans depend on and interact with those systems. Forest...

Littell, Jeremy S.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Shafer, Sarah L.; Capalbo, Susan M.; Houston, Laurie L.; Glick, Patty
Forest ecosystems: Vegetation, disturbance, and economics: Chapter 5; 2013; Book chapter; Book; Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities; Littell, Jeremy S.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Shafer, Sarah L.; Capalbo, Susan M.; Houston, Laurie L.; Glick, Patty

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Simulated tsunami inundation for a range of Cascadia megathrust earthquake scenarios at Bandon, Oregon, USA

Characterizations of tsunami hazards along the Cascadia subduction zone hinge on uncertainties in megathrust rupture models used for simulating tsunami inundation. To explore these uncertainties, we constructed 15 megathrust earthquake scenarios using rupture models that supply the initial conditions for tsunami simulations at Bandon, Oregon....

Witter, Robert C.; Zhang, Yinglong J.; Wang, Kelin; Priest, George R.; Goldfinger, Chris; Stimely, Laura; English, John T.; Ferro, Paul A.
Simulated tsunami inundation for a range of Cascadia megathrust earthquake scenarios at Bandon, Oregon, USA; 2013; Article; Journal; Geosphere; Witter, Robert C.; Zhang, Yinglong J.; Wang, Kelin; Priest, George R.; Goldfinger, Chris; Stimely, Laura; English, John T.; Ferro, Paul A.

Browse a selection of videos, audio clips, images, and more from a wide range of science topics covered by USGS!

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Unalakleet video camera 2 dark image

Two video cameras overlook the coast from atop a windmill tower in Unalakleet, Alaska where they look westward over Norton Sound. Every half hour during daylight hours, the cameras collect snapshots and video for 10 minutes. Today’s most recent image from camera 2 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once they are collected by

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Clear day view of Augustine volcano - Lagoon

Augustine - Lagoon

The camera is located at the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute Augustine camp on the west side of the island. Images are transmitted to Anchorage via Homer using the Plate Boundary Observatory radio network. Current image interval is 120 minutes. Read more about Augustine volcano.

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NPPSD Literature Methods for Conducting Surveys

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Internship: Resolving spatial and temporal variability of snow...

Resolving spatial and temporal variability of snow accumulation in mountain and glacier environments

Summary: The complex nature of snow limits our quantitative understanding of its distribution on the landscape. This internship will focus on a unique data set of snow radar profiles collected at multiple glaciers in Alaska over several years. The data has potential

Image: Fireweed and Beaver Creek, Alaska

Fireweed and Beaver Creek, Alaska

Fireweed gains a foothold in a burn area of the White Mountains in Alaska.

Clear night image of Augustine - low light

Augustine - Low Light

This low-light camera is co-located with the daylight camera in Homer. It is extremely sensitive to light and has a range that extends to the Near Infrared (NIR). The image from this camera will often be light-saturated during daylight hours and will display only as a white featureless screen. Read

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Clear day view of Cleveland volcano

Cleveland CLCO

This camera is located near Concord Point, Chuginadak Island, and looks west-northwest to Cleveland in the mid-center. On nice days, Carlisle is visible to the far right, beyond Cleveland. The slopes of Tana are in the near-right. To conserve battery power, this camera intermittently captures images.

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Image: Geologic Studies on Sitkinak Island, Alaska

Geologic Studies on Sitkinak Island, Alaska

Geologists examine cores on Sitkinak Island, Alaska.

Clear day view of Iliamna IVE volcano

Iliamna IVE

Camera is co-located with seismic station IVE 2.7 miles (3.5 km) to the east south-east of Iliamna. Read more about Iliamna volcano.

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