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The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI) promotes coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform conservation of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors.

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Notice of Funding Availability

walrus on iceWe are pleased to announce our FY2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). ABSI is seeking proposals that examine one of four aspects of climate-related vulnerabilities in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands region. Deadline for submission is 3:00 PM (Alaska time) on Monday, April 6, 2015. For more information contact Douglas Burn or Aaron Poe.


Climate Vulnerability Assessment

ABSI and our partners from Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) and the Alaska Climate Science Center  sponsored a community conversation on climate change in Unalaska. This session was hosted by the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska and will take place on September 18 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Museum of the Aleutians. This event is part of the Aleutians and Bering Climate Vulnerability Assessment (ABCVA) that convened a team of 30 top researchers to evaluate the vulnerability of natural resources and communities to climate change. Over the past six months, this team with expertise in marine mammals, seabirds, fisheries, subsistence practices and culture resources has volunteered their time to assess how climate change might affect the important resources of this region.

Find out more about the event HERE.


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2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report
ABSI directly supported several applied science projects in 2014. We successfully leveraged additional funds toward our other priorities, including the development of a Landscape Conservation Design for the ABSI region. We also completed a Science and Operations Plan for FY2015-2016 that outlines our activities for the near-term future.

Download our 2014 Annual Report HERE.


 Marine Vessel Traffic

Bulk Carrier TrafficABSI is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning on an analysis of marine vessel traffic in our region. Starting with a three-year archive of satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) locations, this project will identify major vessel corridors along the Northern Great Circle Route that transits through the Aleutian islands. The data set also includes the increasingly-used shipping routes through the Bering Strait. Geospatial products from this analysis will be made publicly available for use in vulnerability assessments. 

Preliminary products of this analysis were presented at a meeting of the Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment in April 2014 and helped to inform decisions about response strategies and recommended vessel routes through the ABSI region.  

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Strategic Science Plan

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The ABSI LCC has completed a Strategic Science Plan to guide our activities for the next five years. A draft of the plan was available for public review and comment through September 21, 2013. The final version of the plan is now available for download.

In February 2014, the ABSI LCC Steering Committee held a two-day retreat to develop a shorter term Operations Plan that identifies in more detail where we intend to focus our efforts over the next 1-2 years. The Operations Plan will be available during Q4 2014.

 

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