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Synthesizing Ship Tracking Data, Oil Spill Model Results, and Subsistence Use Information into a Unique, Interactive Tool to Aid Research and Planning in Coastal Communities Bordering the Alaska Beaufort Sea 

Implementing Organization

Seward Association of the Advancement of Marine Science/ Alaska Ocean Observation System

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$1,000,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The project team plans to develop an interactive, web-based mapping tool for planners, public and private stakeholders, and community members who rely on subsistence resources in Northern Alaska. This tool will integrate data products that describe vessel traffic patterns, estimated oil spill impacts, and subsistence use patterns for coastal communities along the Beaufort Sea. It is intended to help stakeholders understand how increased vessel traffic or an oil spill could affect different subsistence activities by comparing vessel track and spill impact density maps with newly available subsistence mapping and species distribution data. This tool could help decision makers and stakeholders in the Beaufort Sea area identify which subsistence use areas are particularly vulnerable to increased shipping activities and potential oil spills. A team of resource and community managers who are potential users of the tool will help guide its development. The final tool will have potential utility in other regions of the U.S. outer continental shelf that are experiencing some form of offshore oil development.

Contact

Molly McCammon
None
mccammon@aoos.org
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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