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Umiat Corridor Project Summary

    Hydrologic information was needed for evaluation, design, and management of public resources on the North Slope. Snowcover on the Arctic Slope of Alaska lasts up to nine months a year. Water contained in snowpack ensures that snowmelt is a major hydrological event each year. Peak discharge resulting from snowmelt is the primary runoff event for many rivers on the North Slope, particularly for the largest basins like the Colville, Sagavanirktok, and Kuparuk Rivers. Rivers flowing into the Beaufort Sea drain a large area that extends from the Brooks Range through the Northern Foothills and across the Coastal Plain before discharging into the Arctic Ocean.

    This project, funded by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, helped characterize the major rivers and streams in watersheds in the Umiat Road Corridor. The effect of climate change was evaluated to help determine the future impacts to resource development efforts and public infrastructure. This project built on the many years of research the Water and Environmental Research Center had conducted in the central North Slope.

    GWS helped design, intall, and maintain the data networks. This included establishing and upkeeping a telemetry network as well as managing online data reporting.

    All stations were decommisioned following project completion and are no longer reporting online real time data. However, archived station information can be found here.

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