Hydroclimate Observations in Arctic Alaska: Analysis of Past Networks and Recommendations for the Future

September 27, 2012 • Filed under: News — melanie.rohr

In this week’s WERC seminar, Jessica Cherry and Amy Jacobs will discuss the inventory and analysis of climate, hydrology and related ecosystem datasets to improve future monitoring efforts.

Friday Seminar Series

  • What: Hydroclimate Observations in Arctic Alaska: Analysis of Past Networks and Recommendations for the Future
  • Who: Jessica Cherry and Amy Jacobs
  • When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 28
  • Where: 531 Duckering

Installation of a remote meteorological data station on Alaska’s North SlopeThe Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and the North Slope Science Initiative have both identified the importance of synthesizing and disseminating existing climate and hydrology data as well as optimizing climate and hydrologic monitoring networks to meet management and research needs. We have partnered with the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to address this issue. During this project we designed a geodatabase called IMIQ, inventoried hydrologic, climate, and related datasets, and populated the IMIQ database with both data and metadata. Finally, we analyzed some of the spatial characteristics of the existing hydroclimate data and the observational network structure, in an effort to inform the development of an improved climate and hydrologic monitoring network. After analyzing the assembled data, several watersheds, communities, and other locations emerge as obvious candidates for enhanced monitoring infrastructure.

Image left: An agile team member installs a remote meteorological data station on Alaska’s North Slope.