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Title: Alaska Natural Geography in Shore Areas: An Initial Field Project for the Census of Marine Life

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030666

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2005: 040666, 2004: 040666

Principal Investigator (PI): Brenda Konar, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Assisting Personnel: Katrin Iken

Research Location: Kodiak Island, Prince William Sound, Kachemak Bay

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project will initiate nearshore biodiversity studies along a pole-to-pole latitudinal gradient by applying protocols developed under the Census of Marine Life program. After initial sampling in Southcentral Alaska, the gradient will develop further throughout Alaska, along the Pacific Coast of North and South America into the Antarctic. Under GEM funding during the years 2003 and 2004, this project will sample four study sites in each of three core areas in the Gulf of Alaska: Kodiak Island, Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay. Study sites are macroalgal hard bottom or seagrass communities, and are characterized by a high level of pristineness. The project is heavily based on local community involvement for sampling. Expected outcomes are biodiversity baseline data for future long-term monitoring programs, initiation of long-term involvement of local communities in monitoring efforts in coastal areas, capacity building, and a broad outreach to the public.


Geographic Regions Kodiak Island
Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Management & Policy
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore

Proposal: View PDF (249 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: View (26 KB)

Final Report: See Project 91

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2005: 040666 View (PDF) 2005: Not Applicable
2004: Not Applicable
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