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Highlighted Publications

Last Update: 2017-05-26
Morphological and molecular characterization of Sarcocystis arctica-like sarcocysts from the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) from Alaska, USA [Details] [Full Publication]
Variation in abundance of Pacific Blue Mussel (Mytilus trossulus) in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, 2006–2015 [Details] [Full Publication]
Timelines and mechanisms of wildlife population recovery following the Exxon Valdez oil spill [Details] [Full Publication]
Evidence for Prehistoric Earthquakes on the Southern Fairweather Fault in Trenches across the 1958 Surface Rupture, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska [Details] [Full Publication]

Highlighted Data

Last Update: 2017-05-26
Count of Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), River Temperature, and River Height in the Pilgrim River, Nome, Alaska, 2003-2014

The dataset is the daily count of Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) passing through a fish counting weir on the Pilgrim River from 2003 to 2014. Also, included in the data set is the daily temperature and river height measured at the weir (65.103071°, -164.824046°). The fish weir was operated during the summer (late June to mid-September) by the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation.

Sensor and Location data from Ear Tag PTTs Deployed on Polar Bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea 2009 to 2011

These are data collected from Wildlife Computers ear tag platform transmitter terminals (PTT) deployed on polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea during the months of March, April, August, September, and October between 2009 and 2011.

Publication:Performance and retention of lightweight satellite radio tags applied to the ears of polar bears (Ursus maritimus)
Digital Elevation Models of Glacier Bay National Park, Between Lituya Bay and Icy Point, Alaska, Derived from Airborne Lidar Data Acquired in September 2015

This dataset provides four digital elevation models derived from airborne lidar data acquired over four separate areas along and adjacent to the Fairweather Fault along the remote Gulf of Alaska coast within Glacier Bay National Park. In 1958, the Fairweather Fault in southeast Alaska ruptured over 260 km between Yakutat Bay and Cross Sound, producing the magnitude 7.8 Lituya Bay earthquake. To better understand the extent of surface rupture and identify sites to investigate for evidence of past earthquakes, the USGS Alaska Science Center collaborated with the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), and the National Center for Airborne Lidar Mapping (NCALM) at the University of Houston to collect over 166 square kilometers of high-resolution airborne lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) data. CRREL developed and deployed the Helipod lidar system, designed for use on a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, to acquire more than 34.4 million laser measurements. The measurements have vertical and horizontal accuracies of +/-10 cm. NCALM processed the lidar data to remove laser returns from vegetation and enhance laser returns from the ground surface. The derivative “bare-Earth” data include 1.4 to 2.3 laser returns per square meter, which were used to produce 1-m-per-pixel digital elevation models (DEM) for four areas between Lituya Bay and Icy Point.


slope in the Susitna Basin - photo by Jamey Jones, USGS

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