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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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2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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New imaging of submarine landslides from the 1964 earthquake near Whittier, Alaska, and a comparison to failures in other Alaskan fjords

The 1964 Alaska M w 9.2 earthquake triggered numerous submarine slope failures in fjords of southern Alaska. These failures generated local tsunamis, such as at Whittier, where they inundated the town within 4 min of the beginning of shaking. Run-up was up to 32 m, with 13 casualties. We collected new multibeam bathymetry and high-resolution...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Parsons, Thomas E.; Finlayson, David P.; Hart, Patrick J.; Chaytor, Jason D.; Ryan, Holly F; Lee, Homa J.; Labay, Keith A.; Peterson, Andrew; Liberty, Lee

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Post-breeding migration of Dutch-breeding black-tailed godwits: timing, routes, use of stopovers, and nonbreeding destinations

Conservation of long-distance migratory shorebirds is complex because these species use habitats spread across continents and hemispheres, making identification of critical habitats and potential bottlenecks in the annual cycle especially difficult. The population of Black-tailed Godwits that breeds in Western Europe, Limosa limosa limosa,...

Hooijmeijer, Jos C. E. W.; Senner, Nathan R.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Gill, Robert E.; Douglas, David C.; Bruinzeel, Leo W.; Wymenga, Eddy; Piersma, Theunis
Hooijmeijer, J., N.R. Senner, T.L. Tibbitts, R.E. Gill, Jr., D.C. Douglas, L.W. Bruinzeel, E. Wymenga, and T. Piersma. 2014. Post-breeding migration of Dutch-breeding black-tailed godwits: timing, routes, use of stopovers, and nonbreeding destinations. Ardea 101:141–152. DOI: 10.5253/078.101.0209

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Sulfur and oxygen isotopic study of Paleozoic sediment-hosted Zn-Pb(-Ag-Au-Ba-F) deposits and associated hydrothermal alteration zones in the Nome Complex, Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Results of sulfur and oxygen isotope studies of sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX) Zn-Pb(-Ag-Au-Ba-F) deposits hosted in metamorphosed Paleozoic clastic and carbonate rocks of the Nome Complex, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, are consistent with data for similar deposits worldwide. Stable isotopic studies of the Nome Complex are challenging because the...

Shanks, W.C. Pat; Slack, John F.; Till, Alison B.; Thurston, Roland; Gemery-Hill, Pamela

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Change-in-ratio

Change-in-ratio (CIR) methods are used to estimate parameters for ecological populations subject to differential removals from population subclasses. Subclasses can be defined according to criteria such as sex, age, or size of individuals. Removals are generally in the form of closely monitored sport or commercial harvests. Estimation is based on...

Udevitz, Mark S.
Udevitz, M. S. 2013. Change-in-ratio. Pages 372-374 in A. H. El-Shaarawi and W. W. Piegorsch, (eds.). Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, Volume 2. John Wiley & Sons New York City, NY, USA. doi:10.1002/9780470057339.vac015m.pub2

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Variation in the response of an Arctic top predator experiencing habitat loss: Feeding and reproductive ecology of two polar bear populations

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) have experienced substantial changes in the seasonal availability of sea ice habitat in parts of their range, including the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering Seas. In this study, we compared the body size, condition, and recruitment of polar bears captured in the Chukchi and Bering Seas (CS) between two periods (1986–1994...

Rode, Karyn D.; Regehr, Eric V.; Douglas, David C.; Durner, George M.; Derocher, Andrew E.; Thiemann, Gregory W.; Budge, Suzanne M.
Variation in the response of an Arctic top predator experiencing habitat loss: feeding and reproductive ecology of two polar bear populations; 2014; Article; Journal; Global Change Biology; Rode, Karyn D.; Regehr, Eric V.; Douglas, David C.; Durner, George; Derocher, Andrew E.; Thiemann, Gregory W.; Budge, Suzanne M.

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Abdominally implanted satellite transmitters affect reproduction and survival rather than migration of large shorebirds

Satellite telemetry has become a common technique to investigate avian life-histories, but whether such tagging will affect fitness is a critical unknown. In this study, we evaluate multi-year effects of implanted transmitters on migratory timing and reproductive performance in shorebirds. Shorebirds increasingly are recognized as good models in...

Hooijmeijer, Jos C. E. W.; Gill, Robert E.; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Kentie, Rosemarie; Gerritsen, Gerrit J.; Bruinzeel, Leo W.; Tijssen, David C.; Harwood, Christopher M.; Piersma, Theunis
Abdominally implanted satellite transmitters affect reproduction and survival rather than migration of large shorebirds; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Ornithology; Hooijmeijer, Jos C. E. W.; Gill, Robert E., Jr.; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Kentie, Rosemarie; Gerritsen, Gerrit J.; Bruinzeel, Leo W.; Tijssen, David C.; Harwood, Christopher M.; Piersma, Theunis

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Remote biopsy darting and marking of polar bears

Remote biopsy darting of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) is less invasive and time intensive than physical capture and is therefore useful when capture is challenging or unsafe. We worked with two manufacturers to develop a combination biopsy and marking dart for use on polar bears. We had an 80% success rate of collecting a tissue sample with a...

Pagano, Anthony M.; Peacock, Elizabeth L.; McKinney, Melissa A.
Remote biopsy darting and marking of polar bears; 2014; Article; Journal; Marine Mammal Science; Pagano, Anthony M.; Peacock, Elizabeth; McKinney, Melissa A.

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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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Brant (Branta bernicla)

No abstract available

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

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!

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George Durner collecting data on an anesthetized polar bear
April 1, 2005

George Durner collecting data on an anesthetized polar bear

George Durner collecting data on an anesthetized polar bear

Sheridan River scour hole
January 26, 2005

Sheridan River scour hole

Sheridan River scour hole

Muir and Riggs glaciers flowing into a lake in Alaska
December 31, 2004

Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska

Glaciers

As this picture of Muir and Riggs Glaceris in Alaska shows, glaciers are really rivers, but rivers of solid ice instead of liquid water. Just because they are solid does not mean they don't move, though. Glaciers do flow downhill, just very, very slowly.

Glaciers begin life as snowflakes. When the snowfall in an area far exceeds the

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Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
October 30, 2004

PubTalk 10/2004 — Hot Oil, Frozen Ground, and Earthquakes

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline story-- so far, so good!

by George Gryc, Arthur Lachenbruch, and Robert Page, Scientists Emeriti

  • The 1968 discovery of North America.s largest oil fi eld on the Arctic coast posed the challenge of an 800-mile pipeline to carry hot oil across mountains, rivers, and the giant Denali Fault
  • The oil
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Black Scoter in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
September 1, 2004

Black Scoter in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Black Scoter: Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Steller's Eider in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
September 1, 2004

Steller's Eider in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Steller's Eider in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Image: Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 2004
August 31, 2004

Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 2004

The second repeat photograph documents significant changes that have occurred during the 63 years between photographs A and C, and during the 54 years between photographs B and C. Muir Glacier has retreated out of the field of view and is now more than 7 kilometers northwest. Riggs Glacier has retreated as much as 600 meters and thinned more than 250 meters. Note the dense

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Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler
July 8, 2004

Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler

Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska
June 30, 2004

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish
June 24, 2004

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

Emperor geese standing at the ocean shoreline
February 10, 2004

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak.

Three-dimensional cartoon showing features of an area of the seafloor in relief, near a coastline.
December 31, 2003

Resurrection Bay multibeam imagery

Sonar-generated image showing underwater topography and the potential for landslides near the head of Resurrection Bay, Alaska. The terrain looks three times as steep as it occurs naturally. The arrow points to underwater landslide debris from the collapse of a fan-delta following the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964. The town of Seward, which suffered much damage and lost

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