IAB Research Project Description

Development of Internet-Based Tools for Information Dissemination by the Central Alaska Network

The Central Alaska Network of the National Park Service is engaged in a monitoring program that began in Denali National Park and Preserve in the early 1990s and has since expanded to include Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Areas of monitoring efforts include air quality, climate, water, birds, mammals and vegetation. The primary objectives:

1. Continue to develop a suite of web-based tools that will address interests of the principal investigators, park management, and the general public. These tools will provide for a central repository for multiple data streams from the monitoring program that will (a) provide access to raw data, (b) perform summary analyses on the data, and (c) generate appropriate graphical displays of the data.

2. Develop analytical methods that will integrate data collected from multiple monitoring categories. For example, I have already incorporated vegetation data when analyzing passerine bird data in order to characterize habitat types. I will also continue to work on developing methods to generate an overall measure of system health.

3. Continue to serve as a consultant to principal investigators, providing assistance with sample design, analytical methods, programming, and data management.

Project Funding

U.S. Dept. of the Interior
1 Aug 2006 – 1 Sep 2010
IAB Proposal #06-083
UAF Grant #G3011
IAB Project #128

Media Contact

Marie Thoms
Communications/Web Manager
Institute of Arctic Biology
302A Irving I
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
email: methoms@alaska.edu
phone: 907.474.7412