Alaska Science Center
ABOUT THE ALASKA
Weekly Highlights for 4-9-2009
I. Departmental/Bureau News
A. Upcoming Events
USGS Hosts Forum on Ecoregional Monitoring
The USGS Alaska Science Center, with the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is hosting a Forum on Ecoregional Monitoring, April 14-16, 2009, in Anchorage and Girdwood, Alaska. The Forum is focused on the USFWS’ development of an ecoregionally cohesive and/or statewide monitoring program. The Forum is also an opportunity to improve coordination and compatibility across monitoring programs carried out by all agencies in Alaska. On Day 1, invited speakers representing a suite of major broad-scale monitoring programs will address hypotheses about landscape status and trend. On Days 2-3, FWS and neighbors will gather in a workshop setting to discuss implementation of broad-scale monitoring across jurisdictions. For more information, go to http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/ecomonitoring/
Contact: Erik Beever Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7085
Ongoing Eruption of Redoubt Volcano
USGS Alaska Science Center staff at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) continue to respond to the ongoing eruption of Redoubt Volcano. On April 4 the nineteenth explosive event of the current eruption occurred sending ash to 50,000 feet and blanketing the southern Kenai Peninsula with ash. Fieldwork this week included a gas measurement and observation flight, ash collection and sampling and observations of eruptive deposits near the volcano. On April 6 the Aviation Color Code was lowered to ORANGE with the Alert Level to Watch. A lava dome is actively growing in the summit crater and renewed explosive activity is likely. Data from real-time seismic networks, web cameras, ground-based radar, GPS stations, an infrasound instrument, and near-real imagery from satellites are monitored by AVO staff 24/7. AVO continues to post daily updates of Redoubts condition on the AVO website (http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php ). AVO is a partnership among the USGS, the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and The University of Alaska Geophysical Institute.
Contact: Thomas Murray Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7443
USGS Radio-tags Walruses, Satellite Tracking Available Online
Food Quality Required to Raise Healthy Seabird Chicks
Outreach at Alaska Sportsman Show
II. Press Inquiries/Media
USGS scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory continued answering media inquiries, April 2 - 8, about the current period of unrest at Redoubt Volcano. Media outlets include the Homer Tribune, Bloomberg News and KSRM Radio (AM 920, Kenai, AK).
USGS Alaska Science Center geologist Peter Haeussler provided material for a slideshow of the 1964 earthquake that appears on the Discovery Channel's earth science website titled "America's Greatest Quake on Earth." The slideshow can be found at: http://dsc.discovery.com/earth/slideshows/seismic-alaska/index.html.
The USGS Alaska Science Center hosted press conferences on April 4 and 6 about the current seismic activity at Redoubt Volcano. Attendees included CBS News LA, CBS affiliate KTVA-TV (Ch 11, Anchorage), NBC affiliate KTUU-TV (Ch 2, Anchorage), ABC affiliate Alaska Superstation (Ch13, Anchorage), CNN, Alaska Public Radio, Anchorage Daily News, Homer Daily News, Homer Tribune, Associated Press, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Bloomberg News, and Argus Media.