Mid-winter icing events have the potential to lead to population declines of grazing caribou and to some species of small mammals due to reduced survival and reproduction associated with restricted access or lack of forage. Population-level effects of icing events remain unclear partly due to limited information on icing events in Alaska. The assessment results provide a baseline data set and remote sensing method, both of which have broad applicability, allowing the community of users to better understand the recent past, better link changes in ecological drivers and responses of wildlife populations, and aid in planning for the future.
Project ID: WA2011_06
Lead Investigator: Ryan Wilson, The Wilderness Society
Collaborators: Annett Bartsch, Vienna University of Technology; Kyle Joly, NPS; Wendy Loya, The Wilderness Society