Long-Term Ecological Monitoring in BP’s North Slope Oil Fields (2005 - 2014)

Over the past decade, hundreds of reports and papers on North Slope birds, fish, plants, caribou, whales, seals, bears, vegetation, and similar topics have been produced. Most of these reports and papers focused on specific research questions related to development projects, and most were written for biologists. The Long Term Monitoring reports are different. Rather than addressing a specific topic, these reports summarize long-term data on a number of topics with the hope of identifying trends over time that would be missed by more detailed, shorter-duration studies. While most of the chapters in these reports are based on studies supported by BP, other sources of information were also used. In addition, these reports are written to be accessible to many audiences. The concept is simple: Allow anyone interested in North Slope wildlife and habitat to gain a quick, basic understanding of trends over time, and provide references to more detailed information for those who are interested.

Some chapters summarize information gathered over many years, while others present information on recently launched efforts. Next to the title of each chapter, the duration of monitoring is highlighted. .

Chapters include: Weather/Climate; Plant Communities; Active Layer/Permafrost; Tundra Nesting Birds; Brant/Snow Geese; Tundra Swans; Ravens; Fox Dens; Polar Bear Sightings; Maternal Polar Bear Dens; Nearshore Fish; Underwater Sounds Near Northstar; Whale Calls Near Northstar; Seal Counts at Northstar Island; The Boulder Patch; Wildlife Events.

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ISO Topics biota, climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere, environment, geoscientificInformation
Primary Contact Kyla Choquette (Kyla.Choquette@bp.com)
Other Contacts Chrissy May (Email: Christina.May@bp.com)
Primary Organization BP Exploration Alaska Inc.
Organization Types Industry and Consultants
Geo-keywords North Slope
Start Date 2014-01-01
Created August 16, 2016, 08:46 (AKDT)
Last Updated April 27, 2022, 09:17 (AKDT)