Monitor and Evaluate

Community-based monitoring is critical to understanding how much and how quickly climate change is affecting the local environment.

Researchers and citizen scientists can work together to improve understanding of complex climate and ecosystem dynamics by:

  • collaborating on coastal erosion or water temperature monitoring projects
  • collecting and sharing Indigenous knowledge, local community observations, and new research
  • integrating existing networks of information into a hub

Resources for monitoring

Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub

Shares information from community-based observations on sea ice change, and provides tools and observational data relevant to changes in the arctic seasonal cycle.

Alaska Climate Resilience

Alaskans have been working in diverse arenas to reach common goals of ensuring economic opportunity, health, and safety for everyone in Alaska—now, and in the years to come—as our environment continues to change. Learn how the State of Alaska is working to increase resilience.

Alaska Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Works with partners to collect forest survey data from remote sensing systems, including satellites and high-altitude aerial photography.

Alaska Online Aquatic Temperature Site

A comprehensive statewide inventory of current and historic continuous monitoring locations for stream and lake temperature.

Community Based Methods for Monitoring Coastal Erosion

Guide for designing and installing erosion monitoring systems, with tips for selecting monitoring sites, instructions for site installation and data collection, and lists of necessary materials.

Community Based Monitoring Web Portal

Describes community-based monitoring and citizen science programs around Alaska.

Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

Provides access to first-hand accounts of climate and environmental change, made by expert observers based on local and traditional knowledge in the area.

Rural Alaska Monitoring Program

RAMP is a tribally-designed, village-based, resident-operated program to monitor existing and emerging climate-mediated threats to village food and water security, and to provide data for adaptation strategies.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

A resource for sea ice and conditions relevant to walrus.

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides).