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Fact Sheet 2014–3060

Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying Hydrology and Climate Change in the Lower Yukon River Basin

By Nicole M. Herman-Mercer and Paul F. Schuster

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Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon (SNOWY) is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF; The SNOWY team is made up of a diverse group of researchers from different backgrounds and organizations. This partnership between scientists from different disciplines (hydrology, geography, and social science), government agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and Lower Yukon River Basin (LYRB) and Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta communities provided an opportunity to study the effects of climate change using a holistic approach. The Arctic and Subarctic are experiencing environmental change at a rate faster than the rest of the world, and the lack of historical baseline data in these often remote locations makes understanding and predicting regional climate change difficult. This project focused on collecting data to fill in these gaps by using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to tell the story of environmental change in this region as told by the physical data and the people who rely on this landscape.

First posted August 14, 2014

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Director, Branch of Regional Research
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, Mail Stop 418
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Herman-Mercer, N.M., and Schuster, P.F., 2014, Strategic needs of water on the Yukon—An interdisciplinary approach to studying hydrology and climate change in the Lower Yukon River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3060, 4 p.,

ISSN 2327-6916 (print)

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)



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Methodology Overview

Water Sampling and Snow Measurements

Participatory Mapping




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