STAMP Progress Update – August
Status as of August 1st:
- The Nature Conservancy has conducted 22 interviews with resource managers, local planners, fishing industry representatives, and other relevant individuals.
- An online user survey with similar questions was circulated to over 120 people from state and federal agencies, local governments, non-profits, private organizations, and other entities dealing with marine environmental resources in the Northern Bering/Chukchi region. The survey closed July 20th. Project partners are analyzing the results.
- The STAMP project has been presented to a variety of audiences including the NWAB subsistence-mapping group in Kotzebue, the AOOS Board, stakeholders and managers at an AOOS/Western LCC-sponsored coastal hazards workshop, the Alaska Marine Policy Forum, and others.
Tool Construction and Data:
- The AOOS Data team has been working on the framework for the STAMP tool. Using a source feed from UAF’s GINA program, they have developed an interactive polar-projection map which can handle GIS layers, real-time sensors, model output, and satellite images simultaneously.
- This framework is beginning to be populated with data from other databases, including the National Snow and Ice Data Center and Arctic Portal.
- The Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska has been compiling spatial data on population, housing, income characteristics, energy prices, and capital projects.
- The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is producing new downscaled climate model layers for Alaskan coastal waters. They have identified the best-performing models for the Alaska region for air temperature, precipitation, and wind and programs are currently working on a quantile-mapping approach.
Next Steps (Aug – Oct)
- The STAMP advisory group will next meet in September
- Version 1.0 of the AOOS Arctic Portal (foundation for STAMP) will be released in September
- A STAMP open house will be held during the Alaska Federation of Natives meeting in Anchorage in October
- ISER and ACCAP will continue to develop socio-economic and climate downscaled data layers
- The AOOS data team will continue to add other data layers and functional capabilities to the system based on the results of the scoping process
- STAMP team members will pursue (or continue to pursue) the following leads with regard to data sharing and collaboration:
- NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA)
- Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey
- Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game Commercial Fisheries Division
- The NPS and WWF with respect to Russian spatial data
- The Bering Sea Subnetwork
- Audubon/Oceana Arctic Atlas
- US Coast Guard’s Bering Strait Port Access Route study
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deep draft Arctic Port study