Most Recent Resources

  • Here is the text for the "National Strategy for the Arctic Region" from May 10, 2013 from the Office of the President of the United States. This document discusses the US concern over security, economic interests and environmental concerns with a...
  • In March 2010, the former Secretary of the Interior, asked the USGS, "to conduct an initial, independent evaluation of the science needs that would inform the Administration’s consideration of the right places and right ways in which to develop oil...
  • Want to communicate changes of Arctic sea ice extent with a younger audience? Check out the virtual fieldtrip “Meltdown,” developed by the Alaska SeaLife Center. “Meltdown” focuses on researchers studying how sea ice algae influence the Bering Sea...
  • Ice volume loss graphs are beautifully animated in the following video from Andy Lee Robinson. Visualize the decline of minimum sea ice volume from 1979 to 2013.
  • Want to see the most current data of sea ice extent in the Northern Hemisphere? The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) display a map with the current extent of sea ice and recent data from the last four weeks as part of MASIE (Multisensory...
  • Interested in models of Arctic sea ice for the future? Check out NOAA's estimate of sea ice loss in the next thirty years. See visuals on how the volume and age of sea ice has changed over the last twenty years.
  • Watch a model showing changes of Arctic sea ice concentration over thirteen years. Notice the differences between autumn and spring extents. NASA satellites using microwaves recorded the data for these models.
  • Arctic ice extent loss can be seen dramatically in the following interactive image from NASA comparing the sea ice minimum in 2012 to the minimum in 1984.
  • Take a look at some facts about the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) which runs from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope down to Valdez, 800 miles of pipeline away. The rest of Alyeska Pipeline’s website provides more information about the history and...
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has a current exploration lease map for Alaska's Arctic waters. See the Chukchi Sea leases here:
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has a current exploration lease map for Alaska's Arctic waters. See the Beaufort Sea leases here.
  • Oil production on the North Slope has been declining in the last decades. See the decrease in production through the US Energy Information Administration’s data of barrels of North Slope Oil produced from 1981 to 2013.
  • Ever wonder what specific area defines the Arctic? Check out these great maps from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
  • Check out international energy statistics from EIA. See how many barrels of petroleum different countries and different regions of the world consume on a daily basis. You can change around the data points by selecting different years, products and...
  • To find out more about the refining process for crude oil and the variety of products that are made from it (like crayons!), visit the U.S. Government's Energy Information Administration website and look at their section on “Oil: Crude and Petroleum...
  • The Nature Conservancy's free carbon footprint calculator allows users to calculate the amount (in tons) of CO2 they emit into the atmosphere each year.  Users can calculate for themselves, or for their household.  There are different categories (home...
  • Ocean and Climate Defender is a fun, interactive web-based game where users can create their own "green" community.  There are three scenarios: residential, recreational and community.  In each scenario, the player will have to make green upgrades to...
  • This is a lengthy (30 minutes) presentation by Dr. Dwight Gledhill with the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It is a good resource for background information about ocean acidification because it covers chemistry, carbon cycles,...
  • Acid Test is a 21-minute video provided by the National Resources Defense Council.  It is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and it focuses primarily on how humans have impacted the chemistry of the world's oceans with increased energy usage and dependence....
  • Produced by NOAA CRCP & Hawaii Sierra Club, this interactive website is perfect for making direct connections between ocean acidification and people.  You can click on everything from seafood on a plate to objects in a fish tank, and even the person. ...

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