Alaska Science Center

Fish Creek Watershed lake cover classification

The Fish Creek Watershed (FCW) is located on the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska where numerous climate change effects have been observed and is also located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), where active oil and gas exploration and development has occurred for more than a decade. This dataset consists of a 20 attribute lake cover classification developed for the watershed.


Our multidisciplinary team is focusing on the broad hypothesis that surface-water availability, connectivity, and temperature mediate aquatic habitat and trophic dynamics. We are working to understand how these coupled processes form a shifting mosaic of freshwater habitats across the landscape by classifying, mapping, and modeling responses to past and future climate and land-use change. Our goal is to develop scenarios of freshwater habitat change in a spatial and temporal context that will provide a template to evaluate a range of potential future responses. In this study, we develop a 20 attribute lake cover classification scheme for the Fish Creek Watershed (FCW), which is located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The GIS dataset consists of 4,362 lakes covering 18% of the 4,900 km2 FCW and provides information on lake morphometry, hydrologic connectivity, surface area dynamics, surrounding terrestrial ecotypes, and other important aquatic conditions. The FCW lake cover classification scheme provides lake specific information for an arctic watershed that will guide research and aid in the management of the natural and human-modified environment.
Title Type
Fish Creek Watershed Lake Classification; NPRA, Alaska, 2016Data
Fish Creek Watershed ObservatoryProject Website


Jones, Benjamin , 907-786-7033

Status: onGoing
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017

Project Sites

Fish Creek

USGS Mission Area and Program
Land ResourcesLand Change Science
Land ResourcesLand Remote Sensing

Major Initiatives
LCC - Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Land Surface > Land Use/Land Cover > Land Cover
Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Surface Water > Lakes