This research project is ongoing, and the group hopes to continue developing the use of the dynamic predictors in future model runs. Ultimately, the species distribution map outputs will be integrated into the existing BLM decision support framework, and there are plans to develop an application that will allow BLM managers to access and use these data. Access to accurate species distribution data in a difficult to reach, remote region where only a small fraction of the waterbodies has been sampled is vital for natural resource managers to make informed decisions on how to balance the development of oil and gas activities in the NPRA with sustainable fish conservation for future generations.
Image 1: Terra MODIS 250 meter Enhanced Vegetation Index 8-day composite (MOD13Q1.006), from July 13–28, 2018, over northern Alaska, with National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska and anadromous stream boundaries from the North Slope Science Initiative.
Image 2: Terra MODIS 1000-meter Land Surface Temperature 8-day composite (MOD11A2.006), from July 13–20, 2018, over northern Alaska, with National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska and anadromous stream boundaries from the BLM North Slope Science Initiative.
Image 3: Terra MODIS 500-meter Gross Primary Productivity 8-day composite (MOD17A2H.006), from July 13–20, 2018, over northern Alaska, with National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska and anadromous stream boundaries from the North Slope Science Initiative.
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Material written by Cole Krehbiel1
1 Innovate!, Inc., contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Work performed under USGS contract G15PD00467 for LP DAAC2.
2 LP DAAC Work performed under NASA contract NNG14HH33I.