The Bowhead Whale Subsistence Sensitivity mapping project includes GIS data on migration routes; seasonal ranges; hunting and search areas, and other areas highly sensitive to seasonal disturbance.
The data and associated map are intended to be used as a guide in the planning and execution of research in arctic marine environments. It is an important resource for the Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee (AICC).
This map was prepared as a joint project of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the U.S. National Science Foundation with the assistance of the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, the North Slope Borough Planning and Community Services GIS Division and the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Intended for planning and management purposes.
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This data set is being archived as part of the Barrow Area Spatial Data Infrastructure effort. This project is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award OPP-0454996) and the US Geological Survey (USGS Award Number: 03HQAG0177).
This data set is topologically correct.
The GIS data and associated cartography were completed with the best available data in 2003. It is likely that bowhead tagging studies conducted in 2006-2009 will result in a revision to the home range information.
Buffered areas generated for planning purposes
The geodatabase and associated Adobe Acrobat and Encapsulated Postscript versions of the map were compiled with ArcGIS. 1. A 25 mile buffer is projected around villages during the spring whale hunt. 2. The buffer for the village of Nuiqsut is centered on Cross Island. 4. The buffer for the fall hunt is based upon known whale capture locations. 3. The buffer for the spring whale hunt in Savoonga is based on the village of Savoonga; the buffer for the fall hunt is located at a point on the south west shoreline of St. Lawrence Island. 4. The buffer for the fall hunt is based upon known whale capture locations. 5. 'Quiet Areas' include seasonally sensitive hunting and search areas contiguous to villages and extends 40 miles offshore. 6. '?' indicates no Bowhead whale sightings.
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Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
CIRES, 449 UCB, University of Colorado