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Maps from Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

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The following maps were developed for the report, "Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment." They are made available here for download as high-quality, print-ready files. Click the image to download a high-resolution version in TIF format.

 

Images are provided under an Attribution-NoDerivs Creative Commons license. Please credit the National Research Council.

Location map of Alaska and the continental United States, and surrounding countries and water bodies. Bathymetry, geo-political boundaries, capitals, and select Alaskan cities are shown.

Location map of Alaska and U.S. Arctic waters, focused on the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea. Geo-political boundaries, principal coastal communities, cities, and bathymetry are also shown.

Oil and gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas are shown in orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some in federal waters, are shown as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.

Arctic shipping routes, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) spill response equipment depots, and villages and towns with the capacity to land passenger jets in Alaska. 

Distribution of walrus, sea lions, and polar bears in U.S. Arctic waters. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska (Pacific walrus), NOAA (Stellar sea lion), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Polar bear).

Distribution of whales in U.S. Arctic waters. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska (gray and beluga whales) and NOAA (bowhead whales).

 

 

Distribution of select fish species in U.S. Arctic waters. Select locations discussed in the text are also shown on the map. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska.

 

Distribution of select bird species found in the U.S. Arctic. Spectacled Eider are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska (Common Eider and Yellow-billed Loon) and NOAA (Spectacled Eider, American and Arctic peregrines).