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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

2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Phenology and duration of remigial moult in Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) and White-winged Scoters (Melanitta fusca) on the Pacific coast of North America

By quantifying phenology and duration of remigial moult in Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata (L., 1758)) and White-winged Scoters (Melanitta fusca (L., 1758)), we tested whether timing of moult is dictated by temporal optima or constraints. Scoters (n = 3481) were captured during moult in Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington, and remigial...

Dickson, Rian D.; Esler, Daniel N.; Hupp, Jerry W.; Anderson, E.M.; Evenson, J.R.; Barrett, J.
Phenology and duration of remigial moult in Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) and White-winged Scoters (Melanitta fusca) on the Pacific coast of North America; 2012; Article; Journal; Canadian Journal of Zoology; Dickson, Rian D.; Esler, D.; Hupp, Jerry W.; Anderson, E. M.; Evenson, J. R.; Barrett, J.

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Polar bear and walrus response to the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice

The Arctic is warming faster than other regions of the world due to positive climate feedbacks associated with loss of snow and ice. One highly visible consequence has been a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice over the past 3 decades - a decline projected to continue and result in ice-free summers likely as soon as 2030. The polar bear (Ursus...

Oakley, Karen L.; Whalen, Mary E.; Douglas, David C.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Atwood, Todd C.; Jay, C.
Polar bear and walrus response to the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice; 2012; FS; 2012-3131; Oakley, K.; Whalen, M.; Douglas, D.; Udevitz, M.; Atwood, T.; Jay, C.

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Walrus areas of use in the Chukchi Sea during sparse sea ice cover

The Pacific walrus Odobenus rosmarus divergens feeds on benthic invertebrates on the continental shelf of the Chukchi and Bering Seas and rests on sea ice between foraging trips. With climate warming, ice-free periods in the Chukchi Sea have increased and are projected to increase further in frequency and duration. We radio-tracked walruses to...

Jay, Chadwick V.; Fischbach, Anthony S.; Kochnev, Anatoly A.
Walrus areas of use in the Chukchi Sea during sparse sea ice cover; 2012; Article; Journal; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Jay, Chadwick V.; Fischbach, Anthony S.; Kochnev, Anatoly A.

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The United States National Climate Assessment - Alaska Technical Regional Report

The Alaskan landscape is changing, both in terms of effects of human activities as a consequence of increased population, social and economic development and their effects on the local and broad landscape; and those effects that accompany naturally occurring hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Some of the most prevalent...

Markon, Carl J.; Trainor, Sarah F.; Chapin, F. Stuart; Markon, Carl J.; Trainor, Sarah F.; Chapin, F. Stuart
The United States National Climate Assessment - Alaska Technical Regional Report; 2012; CIR; 1379; Edited by Markon, Carl J.; Trainor, Sarah F.; Chapin, F. Stuart, III

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Cambrian–Ordovician sedimentary rocks of Alaska

Cambrian-Lower Ordovician carbonate rocks that likely formed as part of the Laurentian continental margin, and may thus have been part of the Cambrian-Ordovician great American carbonate bank, occur in east-central Alaska in the Nation Arch area. These strata accumulated on the southwestern margin (present-day coordinates) of the Yukon stable...

Derby, James R.; Longacre, S.A.; Morgan, William A.; Sternbach, C.A.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Harris, Anita G.

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Geologic map of the Cook Inlet region, Alaska, including parts of the Talkeetna, Talkeetna Mountains, Tyonek, Anchorage, Lake Clark, Kenai, Seward, Iliamna, Seldovia, Mount Katmai, and Afognak 1:250,000-scale quadrangles

In 1976, L.B. Magoon, W.L. Adkinson, and R.M. Egbert published a major geologic map of the Cook Inlet region, which has served well as a compilation of existing information and a guide for future research and mapping. The map in this report updates Magoon and others (1976) and incorporates new and additional mapping and interpretation. This map is...

Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Schmoll, Henry R.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Schmidt, Jeanine M.; Yehle, Lynn A.; Labay, Keith A.
Geologic map of the Cook Inlet region, Alaska, including parts of the Talkeetna, Talkeetna Mountains, Tyonek, Anchorage, Lake Clark, Kenai, Seward, Iliamna, Seldovia, Mount Katmai, and Afognak 1:250,000-scale quadrangles; 2012; SIM; 3153; Compiled by Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Schmoll, Henry R.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Schmidt, Jeannie M.; Yehle, Lynn A.; Labay, Keith

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Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011

The collection of papers that follow continues the series of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigative reports in Alaska under the broad umbrella of the geologic sciences. This series represents new and sometimes-preliminary findings that are of interest to Earth scientists in academia, government, and industry; to land and resource managers;...

Dumoulin, Julie A.; Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia
Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2011; 2012; PP; 1795; Edited by Dumoulin, Julie A.; Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia

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Population ecology of breeding Pacific common eiders on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska

Populations of Pacific common eiders (Somateria mollissima v-nigrum) on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (YKD) in western Alaska declined by 50–90% from 1957 to 1992 and then stabilized at reduced numbers from the early 1990s to the present. We investigated the underlying processes affecting their population dynamics by collection and analysis of...

Wilson, Heather M.; Flint, Paul L.; Powell, Abby N.; Grand, J. Barry; Moral, Christine L.
Population ecology of breeding Pacific common eiders on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska; 2012; Article; Journal; Wildlife Monographs; Wilson, Heather M.; Flint, Paul L.; Powell, Abby N.; Grand, J. Barry; Moral, Christine L.

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Streamflow record extension for selected streams in the Susitna River Basin, Alaska

Daily streamflow records for water years 1950–2010 in the Susitna River Basin range in length from 4 to 57 years, and many are distributed within that period in a way that might not adequately represent long-term streamflow conditions. Streamflow in the basin is affected by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a multi-decadal climate...

Curran, Janet H.
Streamflow record extension for selected streams in the Susitna River Basin, Alaska; 2012; SIR; 2012-5210; Curran, Janet H.

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Hydrology and modeling of flow conditions at Bridge 339 and Mile 38-43, Copper River Highway, Alaska

The Copper River basin, the sixth largest watershed in Alaska, drains an area of 24,200 square miles in south-central Alaska. This large, glacier-fed river flows across a wide alluvial fan before it enters the Gulf of Alaska. The Copper River Highway, which traverses the alluvial fan, has been affected by channel planform reconfiguration....

Brabets, Timothy P.
Hydrology and modeling of flow conditions at Bridge 339 and Mile 38-43, Copper River Highway, Alaska; 2012; SIR; 2012-5153; Brabets, Timothy P.

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Map showing extent of glaciation in the Eagle quadrangle, east-central Alaska

This map covers the Eagle 1:250,000-scale quadrangle in the northeastern part of the Yukon-Tanana Upland in Alaska. It shows the extent of five major glacial advances, former glacial lakes, and present fragmented terrace deposits related to the advances. The Yukon-Tanana Upland is an area of about 116,550 km2 between the Yukon and Tanana Rivers in...

Weber, Florence R.; Wilson, Frederic H.
Map showing extent of glaciation in the Eagle quadrangle, east-central Alaska; 2012; OFR; 2012-1138; Weber, Florence R.; Wilson, Frederic H.

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Mate loss affects survival but not breeding in black brant geese

For birds maintaining long-term monogamous relationships, mate loss might be expected to reduce fitness, either through reduced survival or reduced future reproductive investment. We used harvest of male brant during regular sport hunting seasons as an experimental removal to examine effects of mate loss on fitness of female black brant (Branta...

Nicolai, Christopher A.; Sedinger, James S.; Ward, David H.; Boyd, W. Sean
Mate loss affects survival but not breeding in black brant geese; 2012; Article; Journal; Behavioral Ecology; Nicolai, Christopher A.; Sedinger, James S.; Ward, David H.; Boyd, W. Sean

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.

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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.

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

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea
December 31, 1969

Chukchi Sea sea ice

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.

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.

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