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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

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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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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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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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

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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3 glaciers coming down from the mountains
October 2, 2002

Portage, Burns and Shakespeare glaciers in Southcentral Alaska

Portage Glacier (right), Burns Glacier (center), Shakespeare Glacier (left) in Southcentral Alaska from the air.

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska
September 13, 2002

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska

Biologist pulling a beach seine on a side channel of the Yukon River
August 15, 2002

Beach seining on the Yukon River Delta

Jason Baker and Scott McLean pulling a beach seine in a side channel of the Yukon River

Image: Alaska Mountain Range
July 1, 2002

Alaska Mountain Range

Alaska mountain range.

Image: Alaska Mountain Range
July 1, 2002

Alaska Mountain Range

Alaska mountain range.

Image: Alaska Scenic View
June 30, 2002

Alaska Scenic View

Scenic view of Alaskan lake and mountains.

Brooks Range, Alaska: View southward from Fortress Mountain Formation on Atigun syncline
December 31, 2001

Fortress Mountain Formation, Brooks Range

View southward from Fortress Mountain Formation on Atigun syncline towards Brooks Range.  Trans-Alaska Pipeline, haul road, and Galbraith Lake in valley.  Location in Brooks Range foothills, about 90 miles southeast of Umiat.

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice.
January 16, 2001

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice.

Looking upstream from mid channel of the John Wild River. Near Anaktuvuk, Alaska
April 18, 2000

John Wild River, near Anaktuvuk

Looking upstream from mid channel of the John Wild River. Near Anaktuvuk, Alaska.

A polar bear den
April 3, 2000

A polar bear den

A polar bear den

Image: Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Alaska
June 9, 1991

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Alaska

View southeast from Overlook Cabin looking over the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The pyroclastic and ash deposits that fill the valley remain nearly vegetation-free more than 100 years after the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption.

Tule white-fronted goose in the Kahiltna Valley, Alaska, in 1984
December 31, 1984

Tule white-fronted goose in the Kahiltna Valley, Alaska, in 1984

Tule white-fronted goose in the Kahiltna Valley, Alaska, in 1984.

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