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The Inventory and Monitoring Division is developing a consistent set of resource inventories nationwide. Some inventory results are available as publications. Others rely on different presentation methods, such as GIS products and queriable online databases. Published inventory reports relevant to the SEAN parks are available below. Inventories for other parts of the country may be found in the national IRMA repository.

The completion status of specific inventories by park is available using the Inventories link on the upper left.


Between 1999 and 2003, SEAN conducted fieldwork and searched existing observation records to complete inventories for nearshore marine fish, vascular plants, landbirds, mammals, and amphibians. The species inventories – cooperatively led by park staff and subject matter experts associated with the University of Alaska Southeast – have been certified and their data made available through the IRMA Portal. SEAN has extracted park-specific species lists from the portal and make them available for quick access, below.

Glacier Bay: Birds Fish Herps Mammals Vascular Plants
Klondike Gold Rush: Birds Fish Herps Mammals Vascular Plants
Sitka: Birds Fish Herps Mammals Vascular Plants

Climate inventory

The SEAN Weather and Climate Inventory provides: • Inventory of weather and climate station locations in and near SEAN park units. • Results of an inventory of metadata on each station, including agency affiliations and types of measurements recorded. • Initial evaluation of the adequacy of coverage for existing weather stations and recommendations for improvements in monitoring weather and climate.


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Between 2001 and 2003 the Alaska Natural Heritage Program conducted Vascular Plant Field Inventories in the three SEAN parks. Their goal was to document greater than 90% of the vascular plant species expected to occur within the park and significantly improve our understanding of current species distributions.


Fish inventory

An Inventory of Marine and Estuarine Fishes in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Sitka National Historical Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park was performed in 2001 and 2002. In addition, marine fish data from a previous project that focused on forage fishes and marine predators during 1999 and 2000 in Glacier Bay proper were compiled for this May 2003 report.


Regional Inventories

The Alaska Region I&M staff centrally manages three inventory groups and disseminates the results for all four Alaska networks. These groups are: Base Cartography, Landcover, and Soils. Their web site provides current completion status of these projects for each park. An innovative map viewer tool is built into the site for visually locating products covering specific geographic areas.



KLGO Birds

Klondike Gold Rush Park Waterbird and Breeding Landbird Inventories were conducted in 2003. The breeding landbird survey protocol followed the Alaska Landbird Monitoring System (ALMS) methodology developed by USGS. Waterbird surveys were conducted weekly in the spring and biweekly during fall. Results of this study were used to develop a strategy for long-term monitoring of landbird and waterbird population trends and habitat associations.


KLGO Amphib

The Inventory & Monitoring Program developed an Opportunistic Amphibian Inventory to gather baseline information. Between 2001 and 2003, 40 observers recorded 79 observations, and approximately 1600 individual amphibians were recorded at 65 distinct sites. Species found included the western toad Bufo boreas, rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa, and northwestern salamander Ambystoma gracile.


GLBA Sediment GIS

The Surficial Sediment Geologic Resources Inventory for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve was completed in 2012. This item consists of GIS datasets compatible with both ArcGIS and GoogleEarth tools. The complete package, including extensive metadata, is made available through a link to the IRMA repository.

GLBA sediment manual

A 1:100,000-Scale Map of Surficial Deposits in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska, published in October 2012 is a user guide that documents the methodology used in developing the map and geodatabase.

GLBA sediment map

Final publication-quality surficial sediment map. [32MB size]



SITK water quality
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A Baseline Water Quality Data Inventory and Analysis was compiled for each of the three SEAN parks between 1995 and 1998. The methodology involved locating and summarizing water quality information in existing databases, such as EPA's STORET.


GLBA landcover

In 2008 NPS released a Landcover Mapping GIS Dataset covering Glacier Bay National Park. The mapping was derived from 1996 aerial photography of the park. It is catalogued in the NPS IRMA information portal. The link on the left brings up its reference. The zipped geodatabase file may be downloaded from the Holdings section of the reference. ArcMap 10.1 or similar GIS software is required on your workstation in order to visualize the geodatabase files. » IRMA


GLBA landcover manual

The 2007 companion Landcover Classes and Plant Associations of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve details the landcover inventory methodologies and classifications, as well as plant associations. » IRMA



SITK landcover map

In 2013 NPS released a Sitka Landcover Mapping GIS Dataset The link on the left brings up its reference in the IRMA portal. The zipped geodatabase and map files may be downloaded from the Holdings section of the reference. ArcMap 10.1 or similar GIS software is required on your workstation in order to visualize the geodatabase files. » IRMA


SITKA landcover manual

The Landcover classes: Sitka National Historical Park publication details the landcover inventory methodologies and classifications employed in developing the mapping dataset. » IRMA


KLGO landcover map

In 2015 NPS released a Klondike Gold Rush Landcover Mapping GIS Dataset The link on the left brings up its reference in the IRMA portal. The zipped map files may be downloaded from the Holdings section of the reference. ArcMap 10.2 or similar GIS software is required on your workstation in order to visualize the geodatabase files. » IRMA


KLGO landcover manual

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Landcover classes and plant associations. Landcover is classified, described and mapped at the map class level and classified and described at the plant association level. » IRMA



SITK Bryophytes

This report documents the Bryophyte Inventory for Sitka National Historical Park that was conducted during 2004 and 2005.



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KLGO Watershed
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Three Coastal Watershed Assessments provide a comprehensive inventory and assessment of the condition and possible impairments, both natural and anthropogenic, of water resources in each park as of 2004.



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Natural Resource Condition Assessment reports have been done for Glacier Bay, Sitka and Klondike Gold Rush parks. Though not explicit inventories, they document the condition of important park resources through spatially-explicit multi-disciplinary synthesis of existing scientific data and knowledge.


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Below are citations of monitoring publications created and/or sponsored directly by SEAN. Open a document by clicking on its author.


More comprehensive monitoring coverage, including selected publications from other sources as well as access to original data, are available through the Monitoring navigation link on the left. Items marked with » IRMA also have detailed references present in the national NPS IRMA repository.


Airborne Contaminants

  • Schirokauer, D., L. Geiser, A. Bytnerowicz, M. Fenn, and K. Dillman. 2014. Monitoring air quality in Southeast Alaska’s National Parks and Forests: Linking atmospheric pollutants with ecological effects. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2014/839. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Schirokauer, David and Linda Geiser. 2010. Monitoring air quality in the Southeast Alaska Network: Linking ambient and depositional pollutants with ecological effects; Assessment of conditions, trends, and refinement of passive sampling and lichen bio-monitoring protocols; 2009 Progress Report - PMIS 92107. National Park Service, Skagway, Alaska.

Freshwater Contaminants

Freshwater Water Quality

  • Sergeant, C. J. and W. F. Johnson. 2017. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2016 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2017/1383. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J. and W. F. Johnson. 2016. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2015 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2016/1131. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J. and W. F. Johnson. 2015. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2014 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2015/927. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J. and W. F. Johnson. 2014. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2013 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2014/840. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J. and W. F. Johnson. 2013. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2012 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2013/706. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J., W. F. Johnson, and B. J. Moynahan. 2012. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2011 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2012/561. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sergeant, C. J., W. F. Johnson, and B. J. Moynahan. 2012. Southeast Alaska Network freshwater water quality monitoring program: 2010 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2012/547. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA

Glacial Dynamics

Kittlitz's Murrelets

Marine Contaminants

  • Tallmon, D. A. 2012. Contaminants assessment of intertidal resources in southeast Alaska national parks—2007 to 2011. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2012/630. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Tallmon, D. A. 2011. Contaminants assessment of intertidal resources in southeast Alaska national parks. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2011/498. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA

Marine Predators

  • Brinkman, A., B. Moynahan, and M. S. Lindberg. 2013. Black-legged kittiwakes in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: a review of existing data and recommendations for long-term population monitoring. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2013/672. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA

Oceanography

  • Sharman, L. C. 2017. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve oceanographic monitoring program: 2012 annual report. Natural Resource Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2017/1461. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sharman, L. C. 2013. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve oceanographic monitoring program: 2011 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2013/729. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sharman, L. C. 2013. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve oceanographic monitoring program: 2010 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2013/728. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Danielson, S.L. 2012. Glacier Bay oceanographic monitoring program analysis of observations, 1993–2009. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2012/527. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA
  • Sharman, L. C. 2011. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve oceanographic monitoring program: 2009 annual report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SEAN/NRTR—2011/508. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA

Streamflow

  • Sergeant, C. J. and C. S. Smith. 2012. Southeast Alaska Network streamflow monitoring program: Indian River streamflow statistics for water years 2008-2010, Sitka National Historical Park. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/SEAN/NRDS—2012/269. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. » IRMA

General Monitoring

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The following protocols have been used for SEAN's production monitoring programs. Open a document by clicking on its author. Items marked with » IRMA also have detailed references present in the national NPS IRMA Data Store repository.


SEAN-developed protocols always consist of a monolithic packet containing three items: narrative chapters, standard operating procedures, and appendices. Each protocol is assigned a unique identifier (such as OC-2014.1). This identifier is stamped on all data content in the program, so individual data records refer to their precise definitions. If any part of a protocol is revised, it is reissued as a new document having a new identifier - which is referenced in subsequently collected data.


Freshwater Water Quality

Kittlitz's Murrelets

Oceanography

Streamflow

scoping

The national Inventory and Monitoring Program was originally laid out according to NPS-75 guidelines. Following these, the parks within SEAN's area held a number of facilitated scoping workshops in order to identify and prioritize vital signs they wanted SEAN to monitor. This, combined with specialized technical expertise regarding data management and communications methods, culminated in formal written approval of several detailed plans which SEAN was charged with implementing and operating.


VSMP

The SEAN Vital Signs Monitoring Plan outlines the rationale, approach, schedule, budget, and administration of the SEAN Program. This document is the version dated September 30, 2008.


VS Priorities

In January 2016, after program review and consultation with the Board of Directors, the Monitoring Protocol Reprioritization document was adopted. It modifies the scope and schedule of monitoring for several vital signs.



DMP

The SEAN Data Management Plan explains specific needs to be addressed by the SEAN’s inventory and monitoring (I & M) data management system over a five year period, and details the steps required to build and operate a system to meet those needs. This document is the version dated September 30, 2008.



Alaska Science Communications

Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Program Science Communication Plan provides the philosophy, strategy, and tools for a fundamental objective of the Alaska I&M Program - namely, to provide park managers and the public with compelling, understandable syntheses on the status, trends, and interpretations of park natural resources.



Advice for implementing long-term ecosystem monitoring

Practical advice for implementing long-term ecosystem monitoring details specific practices SEAN found useful in designing long-term monitoring programs. The paper concentrates on two of seven identified design process components: developing monitoring protocols; and establishing data management, analysis, and reporting procedures.




Charter

The Charter establishes a Board of Directors for the Southeast Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network. Its purpose is to outline the procedures by which the Board will implement and manage the long-term vital signs monitoring program and thereby fulfill one component of the Natural Resource Challenge.



Oakley et. al.

In Guidelines for long-term monitoring protocols Oakley, Thomas, and Fancy developed and presented guidelines for the recommended content and format of monitoring protocols. The National Park Service and United States Geological Survey have adopted these guidelines to assist scientists developing protocols for more than 270 national park units. (Viewing requires JSTOR access.)



Monitoring Summary

Identification of Monitoring Projects and Potential Baselines Among Ongoing and Former Research in the Parks of the Southeast Alaska Network presents tables outlining basic information on all past and present research for SEAN parks that is of potential interest from a standpoint of ecosystem monitoring. Authored by Greg Streveler, it was completed on October 17, 2006.



Freshwater Scoping Marine Scoping Terrestrial Scoping

Three Summary Reports of the Vital Signs Scoping Workshops – Freshwater, Marine, and Terrestrial – document the early stages of the Vital Sign identification, prioritization, and selection process. The workshops gathered input from technical experts and park managers to identify candidate Vital Signs, detail their ecological and management significance, and develop conceptual ecological models. They were conducted between spring 2005 and summer 2006.



Vital Signs History

Vital Signs Selection Historical Documentation: Southeast Alaska Network was compiled by Barbara Sheinberg, facilitator for SEAN from 2005 through 2007. This March 2007 document is her historical record of the reasoning and intentions behind each vital sign discussed by the SEAN Technical Committee.


Three-year review

In March 2012, the SEAN conducted its required three-year review. The review's purpose was to ascertain whether SEAN was properly positioned for success in its mission. Below are presentations made regarding SEAN's progress on program management, data management and vital sign monitoring. Findings and customer satisfaction documents are also available.

Monitoring presentations

Weather_Reporting_Network

Build Your Own Weather Reporting Network Bill Johnson summarized how SEAN built a satellite-database-website weather information reporting system using locally maintained weather stations at the October 2016 NPS IMD Data Managers' meeting in Ft. Collins, Colorado."


Line of sight

Bill Johnson delivered Using Formal Deliverable Certification to Support Line of Sight to the annual Data Managers' Conference on May 4, 2015 in Ft. Collins, Colorado.


Being relevant

In Helping a Network Be Relevant to Parks Bill Johnson gives one example of making I&M data immediately useful to park operations, despite the long-term focus of monitoring programs, at the April 2014 Data Managers' meeting in Ft. Collins."


Temperature Monitoring

Long-term monitoring lessons from Southeast Alaska national parks was presented by Chris Sergeant to the interagency stream and lake temperature monitoring workshop held in Anchorage, AK on November 5, 2012.


UAF seminar

The UAF Fisheries Juneau Seminar Series heard Chris Sergeant suggested best practices in Long-term ecological monitoring in Southeast Alaska national parks on October 12, 2012.


ArcGIS mobile ppt

Bill Johnson presented Using ArcGIS Mobile for murrelet distance sampling to the NPS Inventory and Monitoring data management symposium - April 4, 2012.


NRSS platform ppt

Leveraging the power of NPS’s Natural Resource Program Center information platform to benefit an individual I&M network was delivered at the George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas & Cultural Sites by Bill Johnson on March 16, 2011.



Interpretive ranger training


Posters

AMSS 2012 poster

Marine Vital Signs of Southeast Alaska National Parks
Alaska Marine Science Symposium
Anchorage, Alaska
2012


GWS 2011 poster

Southeast Alaska Oceanographic Monitoring: Implementing Integrated Data Management
George Wright Society Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
2011


KLGO weather poster

A Century of Climate Change in Skagway, Alaska
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Skagway, Alaska
2011


RIM 2010 poster

Designing Vital Signs Protocols Based in Data Management
NPS Resource Information Management Conference
Fort Collins, Colorado
2010


AC protocol poster

Airborne Contaminants Monitoring Protocol Development
George Wright Society Conference
Portland, Oregon
2009


lichen poster

Lichens of Alaska's Coastal Rainforest
Interpretive material distributed to the public.


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