Community-Based Monitoring: Observing Alaska's Coasts and Oceans

Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska
April 1–2, 2014

Contact: Ellen Tyler, tyler@aoos.org

Three out of four Alaskans, in 175 communities, live either along the state's coastline or along the rivers that bridge freshwater and marine coastal environments. Alaskans understand the dynamic nature of our coasts and river watersheds, and depend on the long-term health of these resources for food, recreation and economic value. With climate change hitting Alaska hard, an accelerated pace of change has heightened interest in local observations. The Alaska Ocean Observing System's Community-Based Monitoring Programs in Alaska and the Atlas of Community-Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic offer more information on monitoring programs in Alaska and the Arctic.

At the Workshop

This two-day workshop will be a gathering place and launching pad to identify and respond to common issues for CBM in Alaska. Participants will hear from model programs, clarify top priorities for funders and community members, develop a set of guidance documents—including Best Practices and Lessons Learned—and network with others across the state who are interested in or are actively doing this work. See links below and at left for more information.