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Region 11: Alaska

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

4230 University Drive
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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Ecological correlates of variable organ sizes and fat loads in the most northerly-wintering shorebirds

Shorebirds at northern latitudes during the nonbreeding season typically carry relatively large lipid stores and exhibit an up-regulation of lean tissues associated with digestion and thermogenesis. Intraspecific variation in these tissues across sites primarily reflects differences in environmental conditions. Rock (Calidris ptilocnemis (Coues,...

Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Dekinga, Anne; Gill, Robert E.; Summers, R.W.; Piersma, Theunis
Ecological correlates of variable organ sizes and fat loads in the most northerly-wintering shorebirds; 2013; Article; Journal; Canadian Journal of Zoology; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Dekinga, A.; Gill, R.E., Jr.; Summers, R.W.; Piersma, T.

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Quantifying long-term risks to sea otters from the 1989 'Exxon Valdez' oil spill: reply to Harwell & Gentile (2013)

Recovery of sea otter populations in Prince William Sound (PWS), Alaska, has been delayed for more than 2 decades following the 1989 ‘Exxon Valdez’ oil spill. Harwell & Gentile (2013; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 488:291–296) question our conclusions in Bodkin et al. (2012; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 447:273-287) regarding adverse effects that oil lingering in...

Ballachey, Brenda E.; Bodkin, James L.; Monson, Daniel H.
Quantifying long-term risks to sea otters from the 1989 'Exxon Valdez' oil spill: reply to Harwell & Gentile (2013); 2013; Article; Journal; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Ballachey, Brenda E.; Bodkin, James L.; Monson, Daniel H.

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Antibodies to H5 subtype avian influenza virus and Japanese encephalitis virus in northern pintails (Anas acuta) sampled in Japan

Blood samples from 105 northern pintails (Anas acuta) captured on Hokkaido, Japan were tested for antibodies to avian influenza virus (AIV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), and West Nile virus (WNV) to assess possible involvement of this species in the spread of economically important and potentially zoonotic pathogens. Antibodies to AIV were...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Spackman, Erica; Yeh, Jung-Yong; Fujita, Go; Konishi, Kan; Uchida, Kiyoshi; Reed, John A.; Wilcox, Benjamin R.; Brown, Justin D.; Stallknecht, David E.

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Estimating age ratios and size of Pacific walrus herds on coastal haulouts using video imaging

During Arctic summers, sea ice provides resting habitat for Pacific walruses as it drifts over foraging areas in the eastern Chukchi Sea. Climate-driven reductions in sea ice have recently created ice-free conditions in the Chukchi Sea by late summer causing walruses to rest at coastal haulouts along the Chukotka and Alaska coasts, which provides...

Monson, Daniel H.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Jay, Chadwick V.
Estimating age ratios and size of Pacific walrus herds on coastal haulouts using video imaging; 2013; Article; Journal; PLoS One; Monson, Daniel H.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Jay, Chadwick V.

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Relationships between the health of Alaska Native communities and our environment -- phase 1, exploring and communicating

Alaska Natives depend on local natural resources for nutritional and, for many, spiritual health. As a result, public health in Alaska is strongly influenced by the relationship between people and their surrounding physical, chemical, and biological environments. Alaska is vast with diverse wildlife and plant communities that are valued as...

Smith, Durelle
Relationships between the health of Alaska Native communities and our environment -- phase 1, exploring and communicating; 2013; FS; 2013-3066; Smith, Durelle

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Predicting the planform configuration of the braided Toklat River, AK with a suite of rule-based models

An ensemble of rule-based models was constructed to assess possible future braided river planform configurations for the Toklat River in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. This approach combined an analysis of large-scale influences on stability with several reduced-complexity models to produce the predictions at a practical level for...

Podolak, Charles J.
Predicting the planform configuration of the braided Toklat River, AK with a suite of rule-based models; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of the American Water Resources Association; Podolak, Charles J.

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Mapping wildfire burn severity in the Arctic Tundra from downsampled MODIS data

Wildfires are historically infrequent in the arctic tundra, but are projected to increase with climate warming. Fire effects on tundra ecosystems are poorly understood and difficult to quantify in a remote region where a short growing season severely limits ground data collection. Remote sensing has been widely utilized to characterize wildfire...

Kolden, Crystal A.; Rogan, John
Mapping wildfire burn severity in the Arctic Tundra from downsampled MODIS data; 2013; Article; Journal; Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; Kolden, Crystal A.; Rogan, John

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Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring of Dunlins from western Alaska

The Dunlin (Calidris alpina) is a polytypic shorebird with complex patterns of distribution and migration throughout its holarctic range. We analyzed mark-re sighting data obtained between 1977 and 2010 from birds captured at two major staging areas in western Alaska to test the hypothesis that the migration patterns of Alaskan populations are a...

Gill, Robert E.; Handel, Colleen M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.
Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring of Dunlins from western Alaska; 2013; Article; Journal; The Condor; Gill, Jr., Robert E.; Handel, Colleen M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.

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Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics -- an annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife

Permafrost has warmed throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere since the 1980s, with colder permafrost sites warming more rapidly (Romanovsky and others, 2010; Smith and others, 2010). Warming of the near-surface permafrost may lead to widespread terrain instability in ice-rich permafrost in the Arctic and the Subarctic, and may result in...

Jones, Benjamin M.; Amundson, Courtney L.; Koch, Joshua C.; Grosse, Guido
Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics -- an annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife; 2013; OFR; 2013-1161; Jones, Benjamin M. ; Amundson, Courtney L. ; Koch, Joshua C. ; Grosse, Guido

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Reconnaissance geologic map of the Kuskokwim Bay region, southwest Alaska

The rocks of the map area range from Proterozoic age metamorphic rocks of the Kanektok metamorphic complex (Kilbuck terrane) to Quaternary age mafic volcanic rocks of Nunivak Island. The map area encompasses much of the type area of the Togiak-Tikchik Complex. The geologic maps used to construct this compilation were, for the most part,...

Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Mohadjer, Solmaz; Coonrad, Warren L.
Reconnaissance geologic map of the Kuskokwim Bay region, southwest Alaska; 2013; SIM; 3100; Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Mohadjer, Solmaz ; Coonrad, Warren L.

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Molecular detection and genotyping of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in mosquitoes during a 2010 outbreak in the Republic of Korea

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a mosquito-borne zoonotic pathogen, is one of the major causes of viral encephalitis. To reduce the impact of Japanese encephalitis among children in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the government established a mandatory vaccination program in 1967. Through the efforts of this program only 0-7 (mean 2.1) cases of...

Seo, Hyun-Ji; Kim, Heung Chul; Klein, Terry A.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Lee, Ji-Hyee; Kyung, Soon-Goo; Park, Jee-Yong; Cho, In-Soo; Yeh, Jung-Yong
Molecular detection and genotyping of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in mosquitoes during a 2010 outbreak in the Republic of Korea; 2013; Article; Journal; PLoS One; Seo, Hyun-Ji; Kim, Heung Chul; Klein, Terry A.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Lee, Ji-Hyee; Kyung, Soon-Goo; Park, Jee-Yong; Cho, In-Soo; Yeh, Jung-Yong

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Changing Arctic ecosystems--the role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations

Arctic and boreal ecosystems provide important breeding habitat for more than half of North America’s migratory birds as well as many resident species. Northern landscapes are projected to experience more pronounced climate-related changes in habitat than most other regions. These changes include increases in shrub growth, conversion of tundra to...

McNew, Lance; Handel, Colleen M.; Pearce, John M.; DeGange, Anthony R.; Holland-Bartels, Leslie; Whalen, Mary E.
Changing Arctic ecosystems--the role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations; 2013; FS; 2013-3054; McNew, Lance ; Handel, Colleen ; Pearce, John ; DeGange, Tony ; Holland-Bartels, Leslie ; Whalen, Mary

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

"Science for a Changing World" - watch the short film here!

Documentary on walruses here!

Watch the first-ever footage of a polar bear on Arctic sea ice!

Join USGS geologists as they collect lava samples from Kilauea Volcano.

Watch researchers in the Arctic!

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View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 2 snapshot

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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Image: Alaska Coastal Marsh

Alaska Coastal Marsh

Coastal Marsh along Cook Inlet across from Anchorage Alaska.

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August 1, 2017

Movements and Habitat Use of White-fronted Geese

Flint, P. L. and B. W. Meixell. 2017. Movements and habitat use of White-fronted geese during the remigial molt in Arctic Alaska, USA. Waterbirds 40(3):272-281. doi:10.1675/063.040.0308

Clear day view of Pavlof DOL

Pavlof - DOL

 

The Pavlof team (Ketner/Wech/Wellik) activated a new camera at station DOL on Tuesday (July 4). This camera looks north and provides good coverage of the volcanic complex in this region. Read more about Pavlof volcano.

 Allen Bondurant measuring depth to permafrost along a thermokarst lake shore

Allen Bondurant measuring depth to permafrost along a thermokarst lake shore

Allen Bondurant measuring depth to permafrost along a thermokarst lake shore

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 1 time exposure

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 time-exposure (timex) image from camera 1 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once

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Clear day view of Peulik volcano

Peulik Volcano

Camera is located at Whale Mountain, showing a flank of Peulik, Becharof Lake, the Gas Rocks, and Chiginagak in the distance. Current image interval is 60 minutes. This camera lens is often covered by snow and ice. 

View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 2 time exposure

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 time-exposure (timex) image from camera 2 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once

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Image: Dall Sheep Habitat, Denali National Park, Alaska

Dall Sheep Habitat, Denali National Park, Alaska

Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team recording field notes in alpine tundra during a field study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska, on July 29, 2009

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