Project: 0d43484d-4cb9-4996-88ff-12813cdd4fb0

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Project Title
Operational Polar Bear Den Mapping
SnowDens-3D polar bear snowdrift denning habitat mapping tool in a decision-support framework, available to end-users interested in polar bear management activities.
Point of Contact(s)
LCC Network Data Steward
LCC Network Data Manager
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Rd
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
V: +1 907 7863532
Glen Liston, PhD
Senior Scientist
David Payer
101 12th Avenue, Room 216
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
V: +1 907 4560327
Wendy Loya
LCC Coordinator
V: +1 907 786 x3532

Project Abstract

Historically, available polar bear den habitat models have been based primarily on the presence of topographic features capable of capturing drifting snow. In any given season, however, the availability and precise location of snowdrifts of sufficient size to accommodate a bear den depends on the antecedent snowfall and wind conditions, and these vary from one year to the next. Thus, suitable topography is a necessary pre-condition, but is not sufficient to accurately predict potential den sites in a given year. To satisfy the requirements of agency and industry managers what is needed is a user-friendly decision-support tool that takes into account the current fall and early-winter meteorological conditions, and provides den habitat information that can be used to guide polar bear management and avoidance decisions for the rest of that winter after the bears have entered their dens.

Supplemental Info: None Provided.

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Project Keywords

  • ISO 19115 Topic Category (isoTopicCategory):
    • biota,
    • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
  • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords (theme):
    • BEARS,
  • End User Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC End User Type):
    • State agencies,
    • Federal resource managers,
    • Academics & scientific researchers
  • Project Category - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Project Category):
    • Decision Support,
    • Informing Conservation Delivery
  • Deliverable Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Deliverable):
    • Publication,
    • User Manual

Associated Products

ID Title Metadata Link
6faa48ff-be66-4283-922d-3a9ec4bbaf9f Modeling snowdrift habitat for polar bear dens mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML
406cac5a-1e01-45db-9f7d-546b19f27bd6 SnowDens-3D User Documentation mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML