Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

member of the NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network

lagoon photo
Coastal lagoons along the Eastern Beaufort Sea (courtesy of Susan Schonberg)

This project will establish a new Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program along the northern Alaskan Arctic coastline in the Beaufort Sea. Lagoon systems encompass more than 50% of the Beaufort Sea coast, providing food and habitat for large populations of migratory fish and waterfowl that are essential to the culture of Inupiat communities of northern Alaska. We believe that the differential availability of seasonally distinct resources is critical for maintaining the high productivity of these ecosystems.

As research progresses, we'll share key findings, datasets, and publications on this website.