Author Archives: Holly Kent

Noise research, Susitna delta habitat focus of new Cook Inlet beluga plan

Controls on underwater noise and protections for an area that is a food-foraging hot spot are among the elements of a new five-year, five-part action plan aimed at nudging Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga whales toward recovery.

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Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal Coming Soon!

AOOS and Axiom have been working to develop a publicly accessible data portal to improve management and public awareness of Cook Inlet beluga whales. This Portal will go live on the AOOS website this spring. Continue reading

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Shell Wants to Hang on to Arctic Ocean Drilling Leases

It was big news when Shell Oil in September announced it was shutting down its contested Arctic drilling program, but the company apparently doesn’t want give up completely. Just a couple of months after the big news, Shell sought at … Continue reading

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US Coastguard Moves Forward on New Icebreakers

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday released a proposed acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy U.S. icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each and said it would meet with interested companies during an industry day in March.

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Seafloor Features Revealed by the Gravity Field

It has been said that we have more complete maps of the surface of Mars or the Moon than we do of Earth. Close to 70% of our planet is covered by water, and that water refracts, absorbs, and reflects … Continue reading

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Bowhead Whales Are Adapting to Warming Arctic

Few if any parts of the world are experiencing the impacts of climate change to the extent of the Arctic. But teasing out the precise effects of that change on the region’s wildlife isn’t always straightforward. Continue reading

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Available Seats on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council

The Office Of Boards and Commissions is accepting applications for the AK GOVERNOR NOMINEE/FEDERAL APPOINTMENT SEATS on the NORTH PACIFIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. Please submit your application online at: http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/services/boards-commissions/apply-info.html or email your resume to: boards@alaska.gov.

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Bering Strait Shipping: Sea Ice, Economics and Governance

BERING STRAIT SHIPPING: SEA ICE, ECONOMICS, and GOVERNANCE will be held at 10am on January 12 with HENRY HUNTINGTON, Pew Charitable Trusts. Commercial vessel traffic through the Bering Strait is expected to increase in the coming years. Henry Huntington of … Continue reading

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Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) works with AOOS Data Team at Axiom

The AOOS data portal was a key component in prototype decision support tools displayed at the official launching October 21 of the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Continue reading

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Plastic Trash May Travel to the Arctic from a Sixth Garbage Patch in the Ocean

Plastic trash can be found around the world-even the Arctic. Scientists have found that this marine litter is present at the sea surface of Arctic waters, though they’re still unsure how it made it so far north.

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