In 2011, the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Arctic LCC) was pleased to fund 21 of the 37 proposals we received, in amounts ranging from $24,000 to $174,000. We were fortunate enough to direct over $1.4 Million to projects addressing climate change and landscape level threats in the Arctic. University programs received just over 40% of available funding, while federal agencies received just under 40%. Non-governmental organizations, mostly non-profits, received the remaining 20% of Arctic LCC funds.
Our 2011 projects can generally be categorized as addressing: 1) immediate land management issues; 2) geophysical processes; 3) biological studies and assessments; 4) human dimensions; 5) geospatial data acquisition and synthesis; and 6) landscape level monitoring and modeling.
Projects were selected by the Arctic LCC Steering Committee following discussion of how each project addressed the conservation goals of the Arctic LCC. Consideration was given to the feasibility of the project and the ability of the LCC to sufficiently fund the project.
Of the 21 funded projects, two address land management issues, six address some aspect of arctic geophysical processes, five are wildlife ecology studies, two address affects of climate change on humans and climate change-related observations made by residents living in Alaska’s arctic, four are contributing to our geospatial knowledge of the landscape, and two are addressing landscape-level monitoring and modeling efforts. Evidence that LCC borders are, indeed, porous is evident when one considers that 6 of the 21 funded Arctic LCC projects go well beyond the arctic in their scope.
Agencies and partners making contributions to these 21 high priority Arctic LCC projects include: