Upper Kuparuk River Region
About the Upper Kuparuk River Region
The upper Kuparuk River region has terrain typical of the Southern Foothills of the Brooks Range, including landscapes affected by three major glacial events. Geobotanical maps of the entire region show vegegation, glacial geology, surficial geomorphology, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI/biomass), and a false-color infrared satellite image. The maps were made using methods and legends specially developed for northern Alaska. In 2007 the map boundaries were modified to register with a recent digital elevation model (DEM) of the Kuparuk River region (Nolan 2003) and the 1989 Système Probatoire d’Observation de la Terre (SPOT) image of the region (False-Color Infrared Image).
The Toolik-Arctic Geobotanical Atlas (TAGA) is a web-based multi-scale collection of geobotanical maps and related material. It includes maps at seven different scales, from 1-m2 plots to the entire Arctic. The TAGA focuses on research sites at the Toolik Field Station and Imnavait Creek, Alaska, but also covers the Kuparuk River Basin, northern Alaska, Arctic Alaska, and the Circumpolar Arctic. Diverse geobotanical themes include geology, topography landforms, surficial geomorphology, soils, and vegetation. The unique aspect of this atlas is that many of the map units have full descriptions and photos of the map units and plant species in the units. The maps and website were developed at the Alaska Geobotany Center in collaboration with several other groups at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Visit the TAGA ».