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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 LCC) 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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Steering Committee News

There have been a number of changes in the composition of the ABSI LCC Steering Committee over the past several months. In March 2014, Karen Pletnikoff of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) became Chair of our Steering Committee. And in April, Carol Fairfield of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment (BOEM) was elected to the position of Vice Chair.

There are also some new faces on the Committee. In April, our previous Chair Joel Garlich-Miller stepped down from the Committee. Robb Kaler of the Migratory Bird Management Office is replacing Joel as a representative of USFWS. Doanh Thi Tran, Environmental Coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, has been appointed as the Steering Committee representative for the Tribe. Karen Oakley,  Office Chief, Marine & Freshwater Ecology with the USGS Alaska Science Center, has replaced Tony DeGange who retired from Federal Service in May 2014. Lastly, Lynn Fuller of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture has moved into a new position, and we welcome Alaska State Coordinator Tom Rothe to the Steering Committee. 


Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Annual ReportOne of our FY2013 projects is looking at the use of downscaled climate models for the Aleutian and Bering Sea region for use in vulnerability assessments. The project is a collaboration with the USGS Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) and Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS).

Find out more about the project HERE.


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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.


 Marine Vessel Traffic

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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. 

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. 

 

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report
The ABSI LCC completed its Strategic Science Plan and helped fund a number of applied science projects in 2013.

Download our 2013 Annual Report HERE.


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