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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS | ALASKA CENTER for CLIMATE ASSESSMENT & POLICY

Impacts of past and current management decisions and the changing climate on tundra travel

Sherri Wall

The future of oil and gas development on state lands and adjacent federal lands on Alaska’s North Slope will likely depend on ways in which land management can adapt to changes in the structure of the oil and gas industry, changes in societal values related to the environment, and to changes in climate and the tundra ecosystem. This kind of adaptation hinges on understanding the myriad of impacts past, present and future institutional responses. Toward that end, this research analyzes  the impacts of past and current management decisions and the changing climate to help elucidate and improve the regionally and nationally important land management decisions related to tundra travel.