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Brinkman-01 Project Profile
  (updated 20-Jan-2017)
Project Title:Biophysical Characteristics and Mechanisms of Environmental Disturbances Influencing Human Access to Ecosystem Services in Boreal Alaska
Project Lead: Todd Brinkman, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Project Funding: 2015 - 2018
NASA (agency representative: Eric Kasischke)
Project Type:NASA -- joined ABoVE in 2015
Solicitation:NASA: Terrestrial Ecology (2014)
Abstract: Increasingly, subsistence harvesters within the ABoVE domain have expressed concern that changes in the environment are influencing their ability to move across landscapes and access traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering areas. Few data have been collected on the biophysical characteristics and mechanisms of environmental disturbances influen ... [more]
ABoVE Science Questions
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Disturbance Regimes
ABoVE Science Objectives: Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Permafrost Vulnerability / Resilience
  • Vegetation, hydrology, disturbance interactions
  • Snow Impacts
  • Vegetation Greening and Browning
  • Changes to Fish and Wildlife Habitat
ABoVE Science Objectives: Ecosystem Services
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Subsistence
  • Land Management
  • Ecosystem Services Interactions
ABoVE Disciplinary Theme
  • Wildlife and Ecosystem Services
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Proposed Fieldwork Schedule:2016-SU
  • Ecosystem Services
    • Length of Season for Winter Transportation and Exploration
    • Quality, Availability, Dynamics, and Use of Natural Resources
    • Subsistence Harvest Data
    • Travel access to ecosystem services (river navigability, trail conditions, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Site Visit
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Status: In-Progress Date When Available:
Product Title:  Subsistence travel network and an inventory of disturbances influencing access for areas around studied communities. For 1980s, current, and future scenarios.
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