Fish Creek Watershed lake cover classificationThe 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.
|Fish Creek Watershed Lake Classification; NPRA, Alaska, 2016||Data|
|Fish Creek Watershed Observatory||Project Website|
ContactsJones, Benjamin , 907-786-7033
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
USGS Mission Area and ProgramLand Resources → Land Change Science
Land Resources → Land Remote Sensing
Major InitiativesLCC - Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
KeywordsLand Surface > Land Use/Land Cover > Land Cover
Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Surface Water > Lakes