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  • Wendy Loya
    Arctic LCC Coordinator

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    1011 East Tudor Road
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503
    (907) 786-3532
  • Josh Bradley
    Arctic LCC Data Manager

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    101 12th Avenue, Rm. 216
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    (907) 455-1847

Birds and Thermokarst – Co-production of Knowledge

Summary:

The Arctic LCC is facilitating a dialogue between the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) development team and potential users involved in management and conservation of Arctic birds.   We conducted a “virtual workshop” on 26 October 2015, and invited bird biologists to meet with Drs. Bob Bolton and Mark Lara, of University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The purpose of the meeting was to describe the work that Bob and Mark are doing to implement the Alaska Thermokarst Model (ultimately to be coupled to the IEM) that simulates landscape transitions due to the influence of themokarst, and to provide bird biologists with the opportunity to propose modifications that would improve the utility of the model output.  The geographic focus for this session was on the Beaufort (Arctic) Coastal Plain of northern Alaska, but has implications for other portions of the Arctic. A webinar recording of the entire event is available, or individual presentations can be downloaded.

Project Link:

Integrated Ecosystem Model (AIEM) for Alaska

Products:
Title Workshop: Birds and Thermokarst – Co-production of Knowledge
Download Link* Workshop: Birds and Thermokarst – Co-production of Knowledge link
DescriptionA webinar recording of the workshop: Birds and Thermokarst – Co-production of Knowledge.
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 6:02 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm

*This dataset is hosted externally by an Arctic LCC partner.

Thermokarst and Waterbirds: What’s the Connection?

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8.3 MB
Title Thermokarst and Waterbirds: What’s the Connection?
Download Link Martin_Thermokarst &Birds_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 8.3 MB
DescriptionPhilip Martin, ALCC Science Coordinator. This presentation sets the stage for the workshop by describing the importance of the Coastal Plain to water birds, thermokarst landforms and their influence on surface hydrology, and evidence of contemporary change.
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm
Landform Mapping

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15 MB
Title Landform Mapping
Download Link Lara_Landform_Mapping_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 15 MB
DescriptionDr. Lara describes progress to date, mapping surface landforms across the Beaufort Coastal Plain using contemporary LANDSAT imagery and image segmentation/classification software. Once completed, this map will serve as the initial condition input for the Alaska Thermokarst Model,
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm
Arctic Tundra Landscape Evolution

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19 MB
Title Arctic Tundra Landscape Evolution
Download Link Bolton_Alaska_Themokarst_Model_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 19 MB
DescriptionArctic Tundra Landscape Evolution: Conceptualization and Initial Application of the Alaska Thermokarst Model. Dr. Bolton describes the structure and function of the Alaska Thermokarst Model, with particular reference to its implementation in the Arctic Tundra.
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm
Ecology of Loons Breeding in Thermokarst Ecosystems

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2.4 MB
Title Ecology of Loons Breeding in Thermokarst Ecosystems
Download Link Schmutz_Loons_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 2.4 MB
DescriptionA short presentation relating bird distribution on the Alaska North Slope to habitat characteristics, by Dr. Joel Schmutz, USGS, Alaska Science Center.
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm
Spatial Heterogeneity in Population Trends of Waterfowl Breeding on the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska

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Title Spatial Heterogeneity in Population Trends of Waterfowl Breeding on the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska
Download Link Amundson_Waterfowl_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 4.3 MB
DescriptionShort presentation relating bird distribution on the Alaska North Slope to habitat characteristics, by Dr. Courtney Amundson, USGS, Alaska Science Center.
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm
Predicting shorebird habitat on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska

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Title Predicting shorebird habitat on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska
Download Link Saalfeld_Shorebirds_20151026.pdfAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 3.1 MB
DescriptionA short presentation relating bird distribution on the Alaska North Slope to habitat characteristics, by Dr. Sarah Saalfeld, USFWS, Migratory Bird Management
Date CreatedOctober 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Last UpdatedNovember 2, 2015 5:55 pm