Improving Ocean Data Access for Indigenous Coastal Communities
The Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) is collaborating with partners in the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska to improve access to ocean data for Indigenous coastal communities through a new project funded by the National Science Foundation’s...
Nomination Period Open for 2022 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards
The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the 2022 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability...
Updated Research Cruise Status for November
AOOS and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) have updated a spreadsheet that shows the status of 2021 Alaska Arctic Research Cruises through November 2021.
Water Level Sensor Installed to Monitor Flooding at Kwigillingok
October 22, 2021 By Jacquelyn Overbeck, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Early in spring of 2021, the community of Kwgillingok experienced coastal flooding from a high tide (see...
AOOS Awarded $4,176,512 for Ocean Observing
NOAA’s U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Office announced 11 new five-year cooperative agreements that support the continued growth, expansion, and modernization of our nation’s climate, coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes observing capabilities. In the first...
How to Track the Most Elusive Shark in Alaska
A Pacific sleeper shark returning to its deep-water habitat after being tagged in Resurrection Bay in August 2021. Photo by Thomas Farrugia. When most people think of sharks in Alaska, they think of either salmon sharks (Lamna ditropis) or spiny dogfish sharks...
AOOS Needs User Input
A study is being conducted on behalf of AOOS and the Integrated Ocean Observing System Association by the Center for the Blue Economy of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Your assistance with the associated survey will help AOOS and the...
Yukon River Chinook Run Timing Project, 2021 Post-Season Wrap-Up
The Yukon River Chinook salmon run arrived with close to average timing in 2021: The 50% point at Big Eddy drift was June 18th and the 50% point at Big Eddy set was June 22nd -- both just slightly earlier than the pre-season forecast of June 23rd. An error of one to...
Lower Cook Inlet Buoy Back in Action!
The Lower Cook Inlet wave buoy is now back up and providing critical wave data in real-time! The buoy was damaged beyond repair after going adrift early in the morning of May 26,2021 and needed to be replaced. AOOS asks all mariners in the lower Cook Inlet area to be...
The 2021 Chukchi Whale Glider mission is underway!
An autonomous underwater glider was launched on July 12 in the Chukchi Sea from the R/V Norseman 2. The glider has sensors to detect the occurrence of several species of marine mammals, such as fin whales, belugas, bearded seals, bowhead whales, and more. The glider...
New Ocean Acidification Video Released
A new video on Ocean Acidification produced by produced by Teal Hetrick at Southern Dipper Productions was just released. Watch the video here.
Lower Cook Inlet Buoy Goes Adrift
The Lower Cook Inlet wave buoy is temporarily out of commission after going adrift early in the morning of May 26,2021. The buoy is expected to be replaced and back in commission by mid-July 2021
Alaska Marine Policy Forum – June 16
Each month, the Alaska Ocean Observing System and Alaska Sea Grant host a one-hour conference call with participants across the state interested in marine policy in Alaska. Join us to hear the latest about marine funding, legislation, and state and federal...
2021 Yukon River Chinook Run Timing Forecast
Yukon River Chinook are predicted to arrive on the delta slightly later than average in 2021. The first significant pulse (15% point) is expected by June 15th and 50% of the run is expected to have arrived by June 23rd. Despite reports  of a warmer-than-average...
Bering Sea Crabbers Discuss OA
On May 26, members of the Bering Sea crabbing industry met with researchers to discuss the latest science on ocean acidification and climate as it relates to crab in the region.
The Oceans are Blooming
As the days get longer, and the waters warm up, spring algal (phytoplankton) blooms, both harmful and not harmful, are starting to make their annual appearance around Alaska.
Bering Science Winter 2020/2021
Learn what’s happening in and around the Bering Sea!
New Job Openings from STA
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has three open positions which interface with ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms; Lab Analyst, Lab Specialist, and Environmental Education Coordinator.
Lower Cook Inlet Wave Buoy Finally Re-Deployed
Great news for Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay mariners! The Lower Cook Inlet Wave buoy is back online! Offline since May due to dead batteries, the original buoy was successfully recovered by C&C Salvage on July 31, 2020, and a new upgraded buoy deployed on...
Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy Supports Addressing Deficiencies in Water Level Network
July 6, 2020 By Jacquelyn Overbeck, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys The Alaska Mapping Executive Committee (AMEC)—a coordinated working group amongst federal agencies as well as the State of Alaska—recently released a strategy to map the coast...
VDatum Efforts in Alaska
Southeast Alaska Model Release/Update The VDatum 4.0.1 release on October 28, 2019 includes support for transformations involving the tidal datums of southeast Alaska (SE AK): local mean sea level (LMSL), mean lower low water (MLLW), mean high water (MHW), mean higher...
Mid-Season Forecast Update for 2019 Yukon Chinook Run Timing
YUKON RIVER KINGS DRYING. A forecast update has been issued for harvesters, managers and the public about how spring weather conditions may impact the timing of the Chinook salmon run on the Yukon River delta. The midseason forecast update reiterates that...
Coastal Storm Hits Western Alaska. In February.
February is not a normal time of year for coastal storms to be flooding western Alaska. With another year of record low sea ice extents in the Bering Sea (NSIDC, 2019), however, the coast remains vulnerable to low-pressure systems moving across the ocean.
Summer Surge on Kotzebue Sound
In July 2018, the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Coastal Hazards Program conducted coastal surveys at Kotzebue and Deering, Alaska to inform the elevation data used to create color-indexed flood communication maps. While surveying in Kotzebue,...
UAF Deploys Storm Surge Monitoring Tripods in Three Northwest Coastal Communities
Northwest Alaska is no stranger to large fall storms. From October until the sea ice arrives, the region experiences multiple coastal storms each year that heavily impact the region leading to inundation and coastal erosion.
JOA Surveys Installs Storm Response Water Level Sensors on Yukon Delta
Re-installation of the Tununak iGage
Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and Anchorage National Weather Service (NWS) staff travelled to Tununak to re-install a water level sensor that was damaged in winter of 2015.
Measuring Maximum Storm Water Levels in Rural Communities
The summer of 2017 was used to install tide staffs at communities throughout western Alaska.