This project focuses on permafrost change and its effect on lake habitat change in major lake districts of the Western Alaska LCC. Land, resource, and wildlife managers, as well as local communities in Western Alaska, need spatially explicit information to determine past lake habitat changes, identify spatial patterns that could be correlated to climate, and project future habitat changes. Forecasting future changes will assist with developing habitat conservation plans and assessing the stability of freshwater resources for communities.
Project ID: WA2011_02
Lead Investigator: Guido Grosse, Alfred Wegener Institute Centre for Polar and Marine Research; Vladimir Romanovsky, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute
Collaborators: Tom Dolittle, USFWS; Ben Jones, USGS; Michael Brubaker, ANTHC; David Swanson, NPS