Current Environmental Studies - Alaska

NSL # STUDY TITLE PLANNING AREA  PROJECT CONTACT PARTNERS  
PLANNED NEW STARTS
AK-19-01 Impacts of Sedimentation and Drivers of Variability in the Boulder Patch Community, Beaufort Sea Beaufort    
AK-19-02 Alaska Coastal Marine Institute All Alaska Planning Areas    
AK-19-03 Landfast Ice in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and Under Ice Circulation Processes on the Beaufort Sea Shelf Beaufort Chukchi    
AK-19-04 Synthesis of Current Environmental Literature for OCS Planning Areas in the Northern Gulf of Alaska Gulf of Alaska Kodiak Shumagin    
AK-19-05 Monitoring of the Cross Island Subsistence Whale Hunt for Effects from Liberty DPP Beaufort    
AK-19-06 Underwater Sound Signatures and Propagation for OCS Activities Permitted by BOEM All Alaska Planning Areas    
AK-19-07 Model-based essential fish habitat (EFH) descriptions for Arctic cod, saffron cod and snow crab in the Alaskan Arctic Beaufort Chukchi    
AK-19-08 Oil Spill Impact Literature Synthesis: Crude and Refined Spills 1,000–20,000 bbls All Alaska Planning Areas    
 *Note: The procurement of any study is contingent upon availability of funding
ONGOING STUDIES 
Air Quality and Meteorology
AK-13-01 Arctic Air Quality Impact Assessment Modeling Beaufort Crowley  
Fates and Effects
AK-18-x11 Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Lower Cook Inlet, Gulf of Alaska, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea OCS Planning Areas All Alaska Planning Areas    
AK-18-x12 Oil Spill Occurrence Estimators for Onshore and Offshore Crude and Refined Oil Spills on the Alaska North Slope and Cook Inlet, Alaska Beaufort Chukchi Cook Inlet    
AK-16-04 Updates to the Fault Tree for Oil-Spill Occurrence Estimators Beaufort Chukchi Crowley  
AK-13-03-24 Microbial Biodegradation of Alaska North Slope Crude Oil in Arctic Marine Sediments Beaufort Chukchi Raymond CMI
AK-13-03-13 Fate and Persistence of Oil Spill Response Chemicals in Arctic Seawater Beaufort Chukchi Raymond CMI
AK-11-14a ANIMIDA III: Boulder Patch and Other Kelp Communities in the Development Area Beaufort Coon UT
Habitat and Ecology
AK-18-01 Environmental Resource Areas: Developing Products to Support Oil-Spill Risk Analysis (OSRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) All Alaska Planning Areas    
AK-17-03 Marine Bird Distribution and Abundance in Offshore Waters Beaufort
Chukchi 
Cook Inlet
Raymond  
AK-17-02 Wave Energy Converter Impact Assessment Gulf of Alaska Crowley  
AK-16-09 Updating Status and Trends of Seabirds and Forage Fish in Lower Cook Inlet Cook Inlet Raymond USGS
AK-16-07 Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Survey, Phase II Beaufort
Chukchi
Raymond NOAA;
USFWS
AK-13-03-22 Nearshore Food Web Structure on the OCS in Cook Inlet, Alaska Cook Inlet Coon CMI
AK-13-03-25 Benthic Habitat Mapping in Eastern Cook Inlet Cook Inlet Crowley CMI
AK-13-03-27 Functional Diversity of Epibenthic  Communities on the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea Shelves Beaufort
Chukchi
Edenfield CMI
AK-15-08 Subtidal and Intertidal Habitats and Invertebrate Biota in Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska Cook Inlet Coon NPS
AK-13-03-15 Identifying Sources of Organic Matter to Benthic Organisms in the Beaufort and Chukchi OCS Beaufort
Chukchi
Horowitz CMI
AK-13-03-11 Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program (AKMAP) Survey of Estuaries within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Beaufort
Chukchi
Horowitz CMI
AK-13-03-14 Migration Trends for King and Common Eiders and Yellow-billed Loons past Point Barrow in a Rapidly Changing Environment Beaufort Chuckhi Raymond CMI
AK-15-01 Initiating an Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) for Ecosystem Monitoring Chukchi Coon NOPP; NOAA
AK-10-06 Beaufort Sea Marine Fish Monitoring Survey in the Central Beaufort Sea Beaufort Coon  
AK-14-x10 Ecological Processes in Lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay:  A Partnership in Monitoring Cook Inlet Coon NOAA; USFWS; NPS
NT-13-05 Marine Arctic Ecosystems Study (MARES):  A Multi-Agency NOPP Partnership Beaufort
Chukchi
Crowley NOPP
Information Management
AK-16-02 Collaboration with North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) Arctic Marine Research Program Beaufort
Chukchi
Raymond NPRB
AK-15-x10 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (co-sponsor) All Alaska Horowitz NPRB
AK-15-03 Coastal Habitat Maps:  Closing Spatial Gaps in ShoreZone Imagery and Data for the Cook Inlet Area Cook Inlet Raymond CIRCAC
AK-13-03 BOEM-University of Alaska-State of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute Beaufort
Chukchi
Crowley CMI
Marine Mammals and Protected Species
AK-16-06 Estimation of Abundance and Demographic Rates of Pacific Walruses Using a Genetics-based Mark-Recapture Approach Chukchi Fairfield USFWS
AK-13-03-26 Using Trace Elements in Pacific Walrus Teeth to Track the Impacts of Petroleum Production in the Alaskan Arctic Beaufort
Chukchi
Fairfield CMI
AK-16-01 Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) - Personnel and Aircraft Needs Beaufort Chukchi Fairfield NMML; USDOI; NBC
AK-15-07 Field Evaluation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Studying Cetacean Distribution, Density, and Habitat Use in the Arctic Beaufort Chukchi Fairfield NMML; NSWCDD
AK-11-05

Synthesis of Arctic Research (SOAR) Physics to Marine Mammals in the Pacific Arctic

Beaufort
Chukchi
Crowley PMEL
AK-12-02

Satellite Tracking of Bowhead Whales: Habitat Use, Passive Acoustic and Environmental Monitoring

Beaufort
Chukchi
Fairfield ADF&G
AK-12-05 Ice Seal Movements and Foraging: Village-based Satellite Tracking of Ringed and Bearded Seals Beaufort
Chukchi
N.Bering
Fairfield ADF&G
AK-12-07

Arctic Whale Ecology Study (ARCWEST): Use of the Chukchi Sea by Endangered Baleen and Other Whales

Beaufort
Chukchi
Fairfield NOAA, NMML
AK-13-02 Chukchi Acoustic, Oceanography and Zooplankton Study: Hanna Shoal (Extension of CHAOZ) Chukchi Crowley NOAA, NMML
AK-13-06 Walrus Seasonal Distribution and Habitat Use in the Eastern Chukchi Sea Chukchi Raymond USGS
Physical Oceanography
AK-17-01 Wave and Hydrodynamic Observations and Modeling in the Nearshore Beaufort Sea Beaufort Horowitz  
AK-13-03-23 High-frequency Characterization of the Physicochemical Parameters of Cook Inlet, Alaska Beaufort
Chukchi
Crowley CMI
AK-13-03-17 Measuring Wave Force along Alaska's Coastal Sea Ice Chukchi Horowitz CMI
AK-13-03-07 Development and Testing of a Low-Cost Satellite-Tracked Ice Drifter for Arctic Waters Chukchi Horowitz CMI
Social Systems
AK-15-05 Traditional Knowledge Implementation: Accessing Arctic Community Panels of Subject Matter Experts Beaufort
Chukchi
Campbell NSB
AK-16-05 Community Based Monitoring: LEO Network Beaufort
Chukchi
Cook Inlet
Campbell ANTHC
AK-13-03-21 Coastal Community Vulnerability Index and Visualizations of Change in Cook Inlet, Alaska Cook Inlet Lima CMI
ArcSEESa; AK-NT-13-x11 WALRUS – Walrus Adaptability and Long-term Responses; Using multi-proxy data to project Sustainability Chukchi Primo NSF
ArcSEESb: AK-NT-13-x11 Cumulative Effects of Arctic Oil Development –  Planning and Designing for Sustainability Beaufort Primo NSF
RECENTLY COMPLETED
AK-15-02 Development of a Very High-resolution Regional Circulation Model of Beaufort Sea Nearshore Areas Beaufort Crowley CESU-Rutgers
AK-14-03 Genomics of Arctic Cod:  A Sentinel Species in a Changing Environment Beaufort
Chukchi
Raymond UAF; DFO
AK-13-03-20 Using Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) population genetics approaches to determine the population structure of Tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdi) in Alaska Cook Inlet Raymond CMI
AK-13-03-19 Characterizing Bacterial Communities in Beaufort Sea Sediments in a Changing Arctic Beaufort Raymond CMI
AK-13-03-18 Changes in Beaufort-Chukchi Seas Intense Storm Activity and Impacts on Surface Climate and Ocean Properties Beaufort Chukchi Horowitz CMI
AK-13-03-16 Northern Alaska Sea Ice Project Jukebox Beaufort
Chukchi
Lima CMI
AK-13-03-12 Development of an Autonomous Carbon Glider to Monitor Sea-air CO2 Fluxes in the Chukchi Sea Chukchi Horowitz CMI
AK-12-03a Characterization of the Circulation on the Continental Shelf Areas of the Northeast Chukchi and Western Beaufort Seas Beaufort
Chukchi
Horowitz UAF
AK-12-03b Arctic Tracer Release Experiment (ARCTREX): Applications for Mapping Spilled Oil in Arctic Waters Chukchi Horowitz UAF
AK-11-03 Hanna Shoal Ecosystem Study Chukchi Crowley CESU-UT
AK-09-05b Demography and Behavior of Polar Bears Summering on Shore in Alaska Beaufort
Chukchi
Fairfield USGS, USFWS
RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS
  • BOEM-University of Alaska-State of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute (CMI)
  • North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Federal Inter-agency Agreements: e.g. NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML)/ Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)/National Park Service (NPS)/Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)
  • Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF); University of Texas-Austin (UT)
  • North Pacific Research Board (NPRB)
  • Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Arctic Council/Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
  • National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
  • Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC)
  • Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceanography Canada (DFO)
  • Industry Studies
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)
  • Alaska North Slope Borough (NSB)