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 Q2 2014.
The ABSI LCC 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.