Tool: Collaborative Community-Based Research in Alaska

  • SEARCH: Study of Environmental Arctic Change is a collaborative program that advances research, synthesizes research findings, and broadly communicates the results to support informed decision-making.
  • SEARCH programs include the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO), a resource for sea ice and conditions relevant to walrus.
  • The Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) was established to share information from community-based observations on sea ice change; it provides tools and observational data relevant to changes in the arctic seasonal cycle.
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network and App provides easy access to first-hand accounts of climate and environmental change, made by expert observers based on local and traditional knowledge in the area. LEO Viewer allows users to observe trends and analyze patterns, share knowledge, and stay informed of environmental change.
  • Aksik serves as an online climate change video library focused on climate change, its impacts to Savoonga and Shaktoolik, as well as their response strategies.
  • The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) community-based monitoring web portal describes community-based monitoring and citizen science programs around Alaska.
  • Citizen Sentinel Program + BeringWatch App is a standardized, but customizable, tool for recording and communicating significant environmental and ecological events. It enables communities to implement rigorous monitoring programs and utilize the Citizen Sentinels/ BeringWatch environmental database.
  • The Coastal Community Ocean Observers (C2O2) program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) provides opportunities collaboration between science researchers and Alaskan communities to collect environmental data and better understand climate-related changes in the ocean environment.
  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is involved in several collaborative projects related to observing and responding to shoreline changes, such as Shoreline Erosion Monitoring and Storm Surge Inundation Mapping for communities.

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