Summary of Research on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR-1002) and National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A)

We provide the USGS recent summary (2002–17) of publicly available information from studies within the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as well as terrestrial and coastal ecosystems elsewhere on the Arctic Coastal Plain that are relevant to the 1002 Area. This report provides an update on earlier research summaries on caribou (Rangifer tarandus), forage quality and quantity, polar bears (Ursus maritimus), muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus), and snow geese (Chen caerulescens). We also provide information on new research related to climate, migratory birds, permafrost, coastal erosion, coastal lagoons, fish, water resources, and potential effects of industrial disturbance on wildlife.

Citation for the USGS report is:

Pearce, J.M., Flint, P.L., Atwood, T.C., Douglas, D.C., Adams, L.G., Johnson, H.E., Arthur, S.M., and Latty, C.J., 2018, Summary of wildlife-related research on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 2002–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1003, 27 p.,

In addition we provide summary bibliographies for USGS research (1995-2017) as well as a bibliography of USFWS authored or co-authored studies (1982-2017) that have been conducted in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) 1002 Area and National Petroleum Reserve- Alaska (NPRA) areas.

Additional resources include (see links below):

Douglas, D.C., P.E. Reynolds, and E.B. Rhodes. 2002. Arctic Refuge coastal plain terrestrial wildlife research summaries. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR-2002-0001.

Clough, N.K., P.C. Patton, and A.C. Christiansen. 1987. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, coastal plain resources assessment: report and recommendation to the Congress of the United States and final legislative environmental impact statement (2 Volumes). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, Geologic Survey and Bureau of Land Management.

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Additional Info

Field Value
ISO Topics biota
Primary Contact John Pearce (
Other Contacts John Martin (Email:
Primary Organization US Geological Survey
Other Organizations US Fish and Wildlife Service
Organization Types Federal
Geo-keywords North Slope
Created January 18, 2018, 23:01 (AKST)
Last Updated September 17, 2021, 11:36 (AKDT)