Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub: Community-based observations of changes in the seasonal cycle in Alaska's Arctic

Your observations help everyone


Coastal Observers wanted!

We are hiring observers for Kaktovik, Kotzebue, Point Lay, and Wales. Learn more

Observations related to the seasonal cycle

Hunters on the sea ice. (Photo: NSIDC)

Sea ice

  • See details  on how to make thorough sea ice observations. See ice-trail thickness maps, photos and coastal water measurements from spring 2017 in Utqiagvik.  Go to web app
  • Use your smartphone to plot your location on the Utqiagvik (Barrow) Sea Ice Radar mobile app. Download instructions

Coastal waters

  • Use provided instrumentation to make CTD (conductivity-temperature-salinity) casts of coastal waters. Record GPS locations and current sea ice conditions when possible to complement CTD data. Download instructions
  • Download data on coastal water profiles

Wildlife, hunting, fishing

Your reports of where and when different animal species are observed, hunted, or fished, as well as unusual wildlife sightings, can help track changes in the seasonal timing and occurrence of species in your area. They can also help determine how changing coastal conditions may affect the availability and access of subsistence species.

Where will observations be stored?

Community observations are being added to the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet) and Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) databases. Go to database