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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

Linking North Slope climate, hydrology, and fish migration

Project Summary
Fact Sheet Climate and Fish Migration FactsheetAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 824 KB
Project CodeALCC2010-06
Project Lead(s) University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Water and Environmental Research Center
DescriptionContemporary observations suggest that water may disappear entirely from portions of some North Slope stream-beds during periods of drought. Climate models project even drier summers in the future. This could pose a problem for migrating fish that must be able to move back and forth from breeding and summer feeding areas to scarce overwintering sites. This work uses the best available long-term hydrologic data set for the North Slope (in the upper Kuparuk River watershed) to develop a model to assess the vulnerability of stream systems to periodic drought, and the vulnerability of migrating fish to a loss of stream connectivity.
LCC Funding$101,000.00