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

Participating communities

Participating communities include Kaktovik, Wainwright, Point Lay, Point Hope, Kotzebue, Utqiagvik, and Wales.


Compare changes with neighboring communities

See larger-scale data for all communities participating in the AAOKH project. Here, an example of daily sea ice concentration allows community members to see how ice conditions compare at other locations across the northern coast.

Actively participate in research

Your observations and pictures help everyone! Communities are at the front lines of changing conditions, seeing changes in action before measurements can be made by scientists and often in places otherwise inaccessible to scientific instruments. Your community can help. Information you share increases in value over time because they help identify patterns and trends.

Collecting murre eggs.

See shoreline and offshore ice types

The marginal ice zone is the transition between the open ocean and more stable landfast ice that is anchored to the coastline or the seafloor. This zone is very dynamic due to the influence of the weather and rapid changes. Knowing the locations of different ice types can help people figure out how safe it is to travel, indicate habitats for marine life, and show areas of potential coastal erosion.

Inform your activities with near real-time data

Centered on Utqiagvik with an 11 km range (6 nautical miles) and updating images every 5 minutes, marine radar is valuable for locating the ice edge near Utqiagvik for subsistence activities, search and rescue, and maritime navigation.

Black areas are open water and ice appears white.