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.
ABSI 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.