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Understanding Ecological Change in Intertidal Areas of Coastal Regions in Alaska Important to the Department of the Interior Through Long-Term Monitoring and Process Studies

The thousands of kilometers of Northeast Pacific coast contained within National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska represent some of the most remote, pristine coastal areas in the United States. The apex biological resources such as marine mammals, seabirds, salmon, and bears that are central to enabling legislation and are so much a part of the visitor experience, depend on healthy prey bases and habitats and the broader oceanographic and climatic factors affecting them. The biologically rich and productive coastal communities are facing increased anthropogenic pressures. At the present time, it is difficult to determine if observed changes in species or variations in habitat are a result of natural forces or anthropogenic factors, including climate change. To detect change within these spatially extensive biological communities, appropriately designed monitoring is needed. The causes of changes observed during the monitoring or anticipated from other studies are investigated through process-based studies.

Data and Resources

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    http://alaska.usgs.gov/portal/project.php?project_id=85

Status: Complete
Start Date: 1994/01/01
Type: Project
End Date: 2012/12/31
Data Types: Other
Primary Contact
Irvine, Gail
Research Ecologist
Email: girvine@usgs.gov
Work: (907) 786-7069
Primary Agency
US Geological Survey
Type
Federal

Other Agencies
National Park Service

ISO Topics
biota, geoscientificInformation

Geo-keywords
Kenai Peninsula

Direct Record Link
http://southcentral.epscor.alaska.edu/catalogs/7137-understanding-ecological-change-in-intertidal-a
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