The NSSI is an intergovernmental effort to increase collaboration at the local, state, and federal levels to address the research, inventory, and monitoring needs as they relate to development activities on the North Slope of Alaska. MTRI provides expertise to the NSSI in the fields of GIS, remote sensing, and North Slope hydrology.
MTRI has collected baseline water characterization data for lakes surrounding Alpine, Barrow, Inigok, and Teshepeuk Lake on the North Slope of Alaska during the 2006 and 2008 field seasons. Data was collected using autonomous robot buoys and summary statistics have been generated for the different lakes sampled. Statistics show generally high water quality but indicate different lake regimes. These lake regimes are being used to assess yellow-billed loon habitat preference and other wildlife implications. The in-situ data is also being used to create remote sensing-based algorithms to extend measurements to larger geographic areas. Specific targets for algorithm development have included bathymetry, turbidity, and frozen lake status.
MTRI also operates and maintains the initiative's website as part of an assistance agreement administered by the Bureau of Land Management, as the administrative agency of the North Slope Science Initiative, and by a Memorandum of Understanding with the membership of the North Slope Science Initiative.
Robert Shuchman, Ph.D.