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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

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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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Sources of global climate data and visualization portals

Climate is integral to the geophysical foundation upon which ecosystems are structured. Knowledge about mechanistic linkages between the geophysical and biological environments is essential for understanding how global warming may reshape contemporary ecosystems and ecosystem services. Numerous global data sources spanning several decades are...

Douglas, David C.
Douglas, D. C. 2011. Sources of global climate data and visualization portals. Pages 101-116 in R. T. Watson, T. J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov, (eds.). Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Conference Proceedings, Volume 1. The Peregrine Fund 322 p. Boise, ID, USA. doi:10.4080/gpcw.2011.0110

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Executive summary: Climate change in the northwest: Implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities

Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities is aimed at assessing the state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the northwest United States. It draws on a wealth of peer-reviewed literature, earlier state-level assessment reports conducted for...

Dalton, Meghan M.; Bethel, Jeffrey; Capalbo, Susan M.; Cuhaciyan, J.E.; Eigenbrode, Sanford D.; Glick, Patty; Houston, Laurie L.; Littell, Jeremy S.; Lynn, Kathy; Mote, Philip W.; Raymondi, Rick R.; Reeder, W. Spencer; Shafer, Sarah L.; Snover, Amy K.
Executive summary: Climate change in the northwest: Implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities; 2013; Book chapter; Book; Climate change in the northwest: Implications for our landscapes, waters, and communities; Dalton, Meghan M.; Bethel, Jeffrey; Capalbo, Susan M.; Cuhaciyan, J. E.; Eigenbrode, Sanford D.; Glick, Patty; Houston, Laurie L.; Littell, Jeremy S.; Lynn, Kathy; Mote, Philip W.; Raymondi, Rick R.; Reeder, W. Spencer; Shafer, Sarah L.; Snover, Amy K.

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Powassan virus in mammals, Alaska and New Mexico, USA, and Russia, 2004–2007

Powassan virus is endemic to the United States, Canada, and the Russian Far East. We report serologic evidence of circulation of this virus in Alaska, New Mexico, and Siberia. These data support further studies of viral ecology in rapidly changing Arctic environments.

Deardorff, Eleanor R.; Nofchissey, Robert A.; Cook, Joseph A.; Hope, Andrew G.; Tsvetkova, Albina; Talbot, Sandra L.; Ebel, Gregory D.
Powassan virus in mammals, Alaska and New Mexico, USA, and Russia, 2004–2007; 2013; Article; Journal; Emerging Infectious Diseases; Deardorff, Eleanor R.; Nofchissey, Robert A.; Cook, Joseph A.; Hope, Andrew G.; Tsvetkova, Albina; Talbot, Sandra L.; Ebel, Gregory D.

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Megathrust splay faults at the focus of the Prince William Sound asperity, Alaska

High-resolution sparker and crustal-scale air gun seismic reflection data, coupled with repeat bathymetric surveys, document a region of repeated coseismic uplift on the portion of the Alaska subduction zone that ruptured in 1964. This area defines the western limit of Prince William Sound. Differencing of vintage and modern bathymetric surveys...

Liberty, Lee M.; Finn, Shaun P.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Pratt, Thomas L.; Peterson, Andrew
Megathrust splay faults at the focus of the Prince William Sound asperity, Alaska; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research; Liberty, Lee M.; Finn, Shaun P.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Pratt, Thomas L.; Peterson, Andrew

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Year Published: 2013

Brant (Branta bernicla)

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Lewis, T.L.; Ward, David H.; Sedinger, James S.; Reed, Austin; Derksen, Dirk V.

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Sampling design for long-term regional trends in marine rocky intertidal communities

Probability-based designs reduce bias and allow inference of results to the pool of sites from which they were chosen. We developed and tested probability-based designs for monitoring marine rocky intertidal assemblages at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (GLBA), Alaska. A multilevel design was used that varied in scale and inference. The...

Irvine, Gail V.; Shelley, Alice

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Effect of ultramafic intrusions and associated mineralized rocks on the aqueous geochemistry of the Tangle Lakes Area, Alaska: Chapter C in Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011

Stream water was collected at 30 sites within the Tangle Lakes area of the Delta mineral belt in Alaska. Sampling focused on streams near the ultramafic rocks of the Fish Lake intrusive complex south of Eureka Creek and the Tangle Complex area east of Fourteen Mile Lake, as well as on those within the deformed metasedimentary, metavolcanic, and...

Wang, Bronwen; Gough, Larry P.; Wanty, Richard B.; Lee, Gregory K.; Vohden, James; O’Neill, J. Michael; Kerin, L. Jack
Effect of ultramafic intrusions and associated mineralized rocks on the aqueous geochemistry of the Tangle Lakes Area, Alaska: Chapter C in Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011; 2013; PP; 1795-C; Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011 (Professional Paper 1795); Wang, Bronwen; Gough, Larry P.; Wanty, Richard B.; Lee, Gregory K.; Vohden, James; O’Neill, J. Michael; Kerin, L. Jack

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

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Remnants of a spruce forest
December 31, 1969

Remnants of a spruce forest

Remnants of a spruce forest complex following a severe wildfire in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Wildfires are the dominant landscape-scale disturbance operating at annual time scales in Alaska, and fires play a major role in the rate and extent of vegetation growth and productivity of a site. Wildland fires typically result in the reduction of

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Erosion along Alaska’s Arctic coastline near the village of Kaktovik
December 31, 1969

Erosion along Alaska’s Arctic coastline near the village of Kaktovik

Neal Pastick – lead author of the study – investigating erosion along Alaska’s Arctic coastline near the village of Kaktovik. Permafrost-dominated coasts of Alaska have drastically changed as the result of coastal transgression and storm-surge flooding which can result in the loss of cultural sites and damage to infrastructure.  Photo by M. Torre Jorgenson

Fish drying at a subsistence fish camp along the Yukon River
December 31, 1969

Fish drying at a subsistence fish camp along the Yukon River

Fish drying at a subsistence fish camp along the Yukon River.

A small yellow bird being held in a hand
December 31, 1969

Yellow Warbler in Alaska

Scientist holding an Yellow Warbler on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska.  This photo is part of the Changing Arctic Ecosystems Boreal-Arctic Transition program.

Fourhorn sculpin captured near Kaktovik, Alaska
December 31, 1969

Fourhorn sculpin captured near Kaktovik, Alaska

Fourhorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus quadricornis) captured near Kaktovik, Alaska

Fourhorn sculpin on a measuring board captured near Kaktovik, Alaska
December 31, 1969

Fourhorn sculpin on a measuring board captured near Kaktovik, Alaska

Fourhorn sculpin on a measuring board captured near Kaktovik, Alaska.

Fyke net set in Kaktovik Lagoon with the town of Kaktovik, Alaska in the background
December 31, 1969

Fyke net set in Kaktovik Lagoon with Kaktovik, AK in the background

Fyke net set in Kaktovik Lagoon with the town of Kaktovik, Alaska in the background

Young of year Arctic cisco
December 31, 1969

Young of year Arctic cisco

Young of year Arctic cisco (Coregonus autumnalis).

Pink salmon captured near Kaktovik, Alaska
December 31, 1969

Pink salmon captured near Kaktovik, Alaska

Pink salmon captured near Kaktovik, Alaska

One of two trawl winches on the  R/V Alaskan Gyre
December 31, 1969

One of two trawl winches on the R/V Alaskan Gyre

One of two trawl winches on the  R/V Alaskan Gyre

Biologist adjusts a fish wheel trap on the Yukon River
December 31, 1969

Randy Brown adjusts a fish wheel trap on the Yukon River

Randy Brown adjusts a fish wheel trap on the Yukon River that will catch Chinook salmon.

Benthic invertebrates captured in a bottom trawl
December 31, 1969

Benthic invertebrates captured in a bottom trawl

Benthic invertebrates captured in a bottom trawl. This was from the Ecosystem Shifts in Arctic Seas project.

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