• Volcanism On Unimak Island, Alaska, Usa: A Petrologic Focus On Shishaldin And Fisher Volcanoes

      Stelling, Peter L.; Eichelberger, John C. (2003)
      Volcanism on Unimak Island, Alaska represents a microcosm of Aleutian arc volcanism in general. This work focuses on two of the most significant features on Unimak Island, Fisher Caldera and Shishaldin Volcano. Despite frequent activity and potential for violent, hazardous eruptions, these volcanoes have been relatively unstudied. The present work details the processes occurring within Shishaldin and Fisher volcanoes, and highlights the complexities of their magma storage systems. Fisher Caldera began as a scattered series of independent stratocones formed from small, independent, non-communicating reservoirs. The 100 km 3 caldera-forming eruption (CFE) resulted from injection of three chemically distinct magmas, one being the largest magma batch to have passed through this system. Extensive fracturing during the CFE destroyed the pre-caldera infrastructure, and subsequent magmatism formed a single mixed reservoir. Post-caldera activity, stemming from this centralized chamber, produced several structurally controlled stratocones that erupted into the newly formed caldera lake. A tsunami generated by an explosive intra-caldera eruption catastrophically drained the caldera lake. Current activity is largely hydrothermal. The progression through which the Fisher system developed is similar to those seen in other caldera systems, yet has not been put forth in the literature as a common process. I suggest the Fisher sequence is an end-member in the spectrum of worldwide caldera formation, and present this process in a global context. Shishaldin Volcano has been formed through the concurrent activity of two separate magma systems, the products of each of which are compositionally distinct. Parental magmas for each series are both basalt, but have different trace-element signatures that require separate protoliths. Furthermore, distinct paths of subsequent chemical evolution are also required. One series shows evidence of ponding at high pressure prior to final ascent, whereas the magmas of the other series are directly emplaced in several small, shallow reservoirs. Results from both volcanoes tend to support a view involving complex magma storage: discrete magma batches with limited interaction rather than simple differentiation in a central chamber.* *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Adobe Acrobat; Microsoft Office.
    • Volcano Deformation And Subdaily Gps Products

      Grapenthin, Ronni; Freymueller, Jeffrey (2012)
      Volcanic unrest is often accompanied by hours to months of deformation of the ground that is measurable with high-precision GPS. Although GPS receivers are capable of near continuous operation, positions are generally estimated for daily intervals, which I use to infer characteristics of a volcano's plumbing system. However, GPS based volcano geodesy will not be useful in early warning scenarios unless positions are estimated at high rates and in real time. Visualization and analysis of dynamic and static deformation during the 2011 Tohokuoki earthquake in Japan motivates the application of high-rate GPS from a GPS seismology perspective. I give examples of dynamic seismic signals and their evolution to the final static offset in 30 s and 1 s intervals, which demonstrates the enhancement of subtle rupture dynamics through increased temporal resolution. This stresses the importance of processing data at recording intervals to minimize signal loss. Deformation during the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska, suggested net deflation by 0.05 km³ in three distinct phases. Mid-crustal aseismic precursory inflation began in May 2008 and was detected by a single continuous GPS station about 28 km NE of Redoubt. Deflation during the explosive and effusive phases was sourced from a vertical ellipsoidal reservoir at about 7-11.5 km. From this I infer a model for the temporal evolution of a complex plumbing system of at least 2 sources during the eruption. Using subdaily GPS positioning solutions I demonstrate that plumes can be detected and localized by utilizing information on phase residuals. The GPS network at Bezymianny Volcano, Kamchatka, records network wide subsidence at rapid rates between 8 and 12 mm/yr from 2005-2010. I hypothesize this to be caused by continuous deflation of a ~30 km deep sill under Kluchevskoy Volcano. Interestingly, 1-2 explosive events per year cause little to no deformation at any site other than the summit site closest to the vent. I derive evidence for a very shallow source, likely within the edifice. This work shows that network design and individual plumbing system characteristics affect the ability to detect motion on subdaily and even weekly time scales, which stresses the importance of network scale considerations.
    • Volcano Seismicity in Alaska

      Buurman, Helena; West, Michael; Freymueller, Jeffrey; Prejean, Stephanie; Thompson, Glenn (2013-05)
      I examine the many facets of volcano seismicity in Alaska: from the short-lived eruption seismicity that is limited to only the few weeks during which a volcano is active, to the seismicity that occurs in the months following an eruption, and finally to the longterm volcano seismicity that occurs in the years in which volcanoes are dormant. I use the rich seismic dataset that was recorded during the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano to examine eruptive volcano seismicity. I show that the progression of magma through the conduit system at Redoubt could be readily tracked by the seismicity. Many of my interpretations benefited greatly from the numerous other datasets collected during the eruption. Rarely was there volcanic activity that did not manifest itself in some way seismically, however, resulting in a remarkably complete chronology within the seismic record of the 2009 eruption. I also use the Redoubt seismic dataset to study post-eruptive seismicity. During the year following the eruption there were a number of unexplained bursts of shallow seismicity that did not culminate in eruptive activity despite closely mirroring seismic signals that had preceded explosions less than a year prior. I show that these episodes of shallow seismicity were in fact related to volcanic processes much deeper in the volcanic edifice by demonstrating that earthquakes that were related to magmatic activity during the eruption were also present during the renewed shallow unrest. These results show that magmatic processes can continue for many months after eruptions end, suggesting that volcanoes can stay active for much longer than previously thought. In the final chapter I characterize volcanic earthquakes on a much broader scale by analyzing a decade of continuous seismic data across 46 volcanoes in the Aleutian arc to search for regional-scale trends in volcano seismicity. I find that volcanic earthquakes below 20 km depth are much more common in the central region of the arc than they are in the eastern and western regions. I tie these observations to trends in magma geochemistry and regional tectonic features, and present two hypotheses to explain what could control volcanism in the Aleutian arc.
    • Volcano Seismology From Around The World: Case Studies From Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) Galeras (Colombia), Mount Wrangell And Mount Veniaminof (Alaska)

      Sanchez-Aguilar, John Jairo; McNutt, Stephen R.; Power, John A.; Freymueller, Jeffrey T.; Christensen, Douglas; Eichelberger, John (2005)
      A compilation of research papers in volcano seismology is presented: (1) to study the configuration of magma systems beneath volcanoes, (2) to describe unexpected effects of the shaking from a regional earthquake on volcanic systems, and (3) to integrate seismicity investigations into a conceptual model for the magma system of a volcano. This work was undertaken because much research in volcano seismology is needed to help in hazard assessment. The possible configuration of magma systems beneath Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, and Galeras Volcano, Colombia, is studied with b-value mapping. We suggest models for earthquake-volcanoes interactions by studying the declines in local seismicity at Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Veniaminof, Alaska, following the 3 November 2002 Denali Fault Earthquake (DFE). Finally, a model for the magmatic-hydrothermal system beneath Mt. Veniaminof is proposed by deriving a velocity model and relocating the earthquakes, and by studying the temporal changes of frequencies and attenuation (Q) at the source of long-period (LP) events. Results from b-value mapping confirm that volcanoes are characterized by localized zones of high b-values, and also indicate that the internal structure of volcanoes is variable. Analyses of the background seismicity at Mt. Veniaminof suggest that earthquakes result from locally-induced stresses and that LP events may represent the response of a shallow hydrothermal system to heat input from below. The study of declines in seismicity at Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Veniaminof volcanoes following the DFE indicates that the dynamic shaking from regional shocks can physically damage a volcano and together with the static stress changes can affect the local seismicity for extended periods. We conclude that the use of simple methods allows a better understanding of the seismicity at volcanoes in Alaska, but most importantly in developing countries where the small number of seismograph stations puts challenging limitations for research.
    • Volume Changes Of Alaska Glaciers: Contributions To Rising Sea Level And Links To Changing Climate

      Arendt, Anthony A.; Echelmeyer, Keith A. (2006)
      We have used airborne altimetry to measure surface elevations along the central flowline of 86 glaciers in Alaska, Yukon Territory and northwestern British Columbia (northwestern North America). Comparison of these elevations with contours on maps derived from 1950s to 1970s aerial photography yields elevation and volume changes over a 30 to 45 year period. Approximately one-third of glaciers have been re-profiled 3 to 5 years after the earlier profile, providing a measure of short-timescale elevation and volume changes for comparison with the earlier period. We have used these measurements to estimate the total contribution of glaciers in northwestern North America to rising sea level, and to quantify the magnitude of climate changes in these regions. We found that glaciers in northwestern North America have contributed to about 10% of the rate of global sea level rise during the last half-century and that the rate of mass loss has approximately doubled during the past decade. During this time, summer and winter air temperatures at low elevation climate stations increased by 0.2+/-0.1 and 0.4+/-0.2�C (decade)-1 respectively. There was also a weak trend of increasing precipitation and an overall lengthening of the summer melt season. We modeled regional changes in glacier mass balance with climate station data and were able to reproduce altimetry measurements to within reported errors. We conclude that summer temperature increases have been the main driver of the increased rates of glacier mass loss, but winter warming might also be affecting the glaciers through enhanced melt at low elevations and a change in precipitation from snow to rain, especially in maritime regions. Uncertainties in our calculations are large, owing to the inaccuracies of the maps used to provide baseline elevations, the sparsity of accurate climate data, and the complex and dynamic nature of glaciers in these regions. Tidewater, surging, and lake-terminating glaciers have dynamical cycles that are not linked in a simple way to climate variability. We found that regional volume losses can depend on one or several large and dynamic glaciers. These glaciers should be treated separately when extrapolating altimetry data to an entire region.
    • Volumetric heat transfer via constructal theory, and its applications in permafrost and hydrogen energy storage

      Kukkapalli, Vamsi Krishna; Kim, Sun Woo; Lin, Chuen-Sen; Das, Debendra (2016-05)
      Constructal theory is widely used as a powerful tool in designing of engineering systems (flow configurations, patterns, geometry). This theory is observed in nature and its principles are applicable to general engineering. Constructal theory encompasses a wide range of space in the "design", drawing from each and every field from engineering to biology. The universal design of nature and the constructal law unify all animate schemata such as human blood circulatory systems, and inanimate systems, such as urban traffic and river basins. The proceeding research applies the overlying theories of constructal theory to the two different systems in order to achieve best thermal performance phenomena. The first is stabilization of roadway embankments in the permafrost regions with design modifications in existing thermosyphon evaporators with tree structure designs, and defining the optimal spacing between two neighboring thermosyphons based on thermal cooling phenomena. This research utilizes constructal law to the generation of tree-shaped layouts for fluid flow, so that the flow structures use the available space in optimally. The intention here is the optimization of geometry of the flow system. This begins with the most simple cases of tree-shaped flows: T- and Y-shaped constructs, the purpose of which is to create a flow connection between one point (defined as a "source" or "sink") to an infinity of points (via a line/area/volume). Empirically speaking, tree-shaped flows are natural examples of selforganization and optimization. By contrast, constructal law is theory which states that flow architectures such as these are the evolutionary results of nature which tend toward greater global flow access. Tree-shaped flows can be derived from this constructal law. The mathematical simulation revealed that there exists an optimal spacing between two neighboring thermosyphons, and the tree structures perform better than the existing configuration in terms of thermal cooling. The second part of the research is to find an effective way to reject heat released from the metal hydride powder to the outer environment during the hydrogen absorption process. The main objective of this investigation is to minimize the time required for the absorption process, and to reduce the hotspot temperature by determining the optimal aspect ratio of rectangular fins, while the total volume of fins used is kept constant. The intension of using constructal theory in this part of research is to find the optimal geometrical parameters (length, width) of the fin structure for better thermal performance of the metal hydride reactor system. The simulations revealed that there exists an optimum aspect ratio of rectangular fins for accelerating heat rejection and lowering the hotspot temperature in a cylindrical metal hydride reactor. Constructal theory is supremely adapted for use in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design for heat transfer structures, as it allows for incorporation of minute analysis of the interior structure with the goal of optimizing for heat transfer. In its application in the realm of engineering, every multidimensional solid structure that is to be cooled, heated or serviced by fluid streams must be vascularized. By this definition, 'vascularization' includes, however is not limited to, structures such as trees, geometrical spacing, and solid walls. Here, every geometric detail will be sized and positioned to achieve maximum efficacy from an engineering design point of view. Furthermore, via design morphing we can achieve low resistances in flow structures which are applicable in cooling and heating applications. An example is that of a ground-source heat pump design where the piping design is morphed by constructal law and spaced in an optimal way to achieve maximum thermal efficiency when extracting heat from the ground.
    • Walk Softly With Me: Adventures Of A Woman Big-Game Guide In Alaska

      Mcleod-Everette, Sharon Esther; Murray, John A. (1993)
      Walk Softly With Me: Adventures of a Woman Big-Game Guide in Alaska is a memoir blending adventure, description, dialogue, and humor. The animals and landscapes in Interior Alaska are revealed through the eyes of a woman tackling the male-dominated arena of big-game guiding. The thesis describes the author's evolution from hunting rabbits and tender moose for subsistence to leading clients in search of trophies. In an attempt to provide an objective view of the ethics of hunting and game management, the author explores the question of why we hunt and our relationship with the animals we pursue.<p> The thesis is written in informal first person point of view, beginning with early homesteading life and moving through scenes with hunters and other guides. The natural history of animals is woven into the narrative, as are the changes that the author experiences. The thesis culminates with the author's introspective look at why she guides and whether she will continue. <p>
    • Walks with her hands

      Johnston, Emily R. (2007-05)
      The poems in 'Walks with Her Hands' reflect a female persona tracing the origins of her sexuality, as one might trace her way along a dark corridor using her hands. The persona makes this journey through exploring a range of landscapes as well as relationships with both family and lovers. In Section I, the persona comes to terms with an absent father, a failed marriage, and her experience working with other abused women. In Section II, the persona steps back in time to consider how an emotionally distant mother has further estranged the persona from her sexuality. The persona begins to find herself in Section III through romantic relationships with women. The subject of this section, however, is a controlling lover who stilts the persona's coming out experience. By Section IV, the persona has come full circle, back to the abuse theme in Section I. She enters into an abusive relationship with a different woman, but through this experience, the persona overcomes past relationships and more fully understands herself. Throughout the emotional turbulence in each section, an underlying calm exists. A steady pace, like walking, allows the reader to self-reflect alongside the persona.
    • Walleye Pollock (Theragra Chalcogramma) Distribution In The Eastern Bering Sea Related To Fishery And Environmental Factors

      Shen, Haixue (2009)
      Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the eastern Bering Sea (EBS) support the largest single-species fishery in the world. Pollock also play an important role in the EBS ecosystem as an important prey species. The decline of the western population of Steller sea lions during the 1980s and 1990s raised concerns about the potential competition between the pollock fishery and the sea lion population. My research focused on pollock distribution related to the fishery and physical environment at different temporal and spatial scales using fisheries acoustic data and observer data in the winter fishing season during 2002-2006. Temperature and wind played important roles in determining the pollock distribution in winter, especially from late February to March. The changes in spatial structure during the fishing season suggested that the fishery probably influenced pollock distribution by removing some portion of the local population and perhaps even smoothing out the aggregated distribution of pollock. At a small scale, pollock schools became smaller and denser. At the meso-scale, the distances between schools increased. At a larger scale, range estimates from variography increased which indicated that the spatial correlation among pollock extended to greater distances after fishing. Fishing behavior was also studied using Levy flight theory and its relation to pollock distribution in the EBS. Fishing behavior was significantly correlated to the fractal dimension of fish which measures the degree of pollock clustering, rather than to pollock spatial concentration or density in the EBS. The observer data were also included to analyze the effect of fish distribution on fishing behavior at the school scale. The results indicated that school density rather than the school size played an important role in fishing behavior. Finally, catch depletion analysis was used to examine the potential local depletion. While frequentist and Bayesian methods confirmed that the fishery caused slight local depletion in some areas in the EBS, the magnitude was less than that before sea lion protection measures were put into place in 1999 to spread out the fishery in space and time.
    • Wasting disease and environmental variables drive sea star assemblages in the northern Gulf of Alaska

      Mitchell, Timothy James; Konar, Brenda; Iken, Katrin; Kelley, Amanda (2019-05)
      Sea stars are ecologically important in rocky intertidal habitats. The recent (starting 2013) sea star die-off attributed to sea star wasting disease throughout the eastern Pacific, presumably triggered by unusually warm waters in recent years, has caused an increased interest in spatial and temporal patterns of sea star assemblages and the environmental drivers that structure these assemblages. This study assessed the role of seven potential static environmental variables (distance to freshwater, tidewater glacial presence, wave exposure, fetch, beach slope, substrate composition, and tidal range) influencing northern Gulf of Alaska sea star assemblages before and after regional sea star declines. For this, intertidal surveys were conducted annually from 2005 to 2018 at five sites in each of four regions that were between 100 and 420 km apart. In the years leading up to the regional mortality events, assemblages were different among regions and were structured mainly by tidewater glacier presence, wave fetch, and tidal range. The assemblages after wasting disease were different from those before the event, and there was a partial change in the environmental variables that correlated with sea star structure. In these recent years, the environmental variables most highly correlated with sea star assemblages were slope, wave fetch, and tidal range, all of which relate to desiccation, attachment, and wave action. This indicates that the change in sea star density and structure by wasting disease left an assemblage that is responding to different environmental variables. Understanding the delicate interplay of some of the environmental variables that influence sea star assemblages could expand knowledge of the habitat preferences and tolerance ranges of important and relatively unstudied species within the northern Gulf of Alaska.
    • Watching you go: exploring subjective documentary methods in contemporary photography

      Quimby, Ellamarie; Mason, Charles W.; Lazarus, Joshua J.; Jones, Zoe M.; Mehner, Da-ka-xeen (2017-05)
      This work examines the history and contemporary context of photojournalism and documentary photography through narrative imagery of the artist's mother and family. By adapting traditional documentary practices and exploring more subjective methodologies, Watching you go addresses the artist's physical and emotional limitations while experiencing her mother's terminal illness.
    • Water Metabolism By Reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus)

      Cameron, Raymond Darwin, Iii (1972)
    • Water metabolism of wolves in winter: effects of varying food intake and exercise

      Philo, L. Michael (1986-12)
      The only free water available to wolves during arctic winter is snow. Snow consumption involves an energy cost due to melting the snow and increasing the temperature of the resulting water to deep body temperature. Wolves are subject to negative energy balance when prey availability is inadequate. When negative energy balance is prolonged, the energy cost of snow consumption could shorten the time to death by starvation. It was therefore hypothesized that during negative energy balance in winter, wolves reduce energy expenditure by suppressing snow intake. The goal was to determine whether wolves conserve a significant quantity of energy by suppressing snow intake during negative energy balance in winter. The hypothesis was tested by varying food intake and exercise of captive wolves during winter in arctic Alaska. Experimental negative energy balance was imposed in three ways: (1) undernutrition, (2) fasting and (3) forced exercise on a treadmill with no change in food intake. Results of testing the hypothesis varied among experiments, but overall the findings refuted the hypothesis. When the wolves were undernourished, there was indirect evidence of suppressed snow intake. When the wolves were fasted, there was indirect evidence of enhanced snow intake. When the wolves were exercised with no change in food intake, there was indirect evidence of both suppressed and enhanced snow intake, but the evidence of enhancement was more conclusive. The indirect evidence of enhanced snow intake during either fasting or the exercise trial was sufficient to refute the hypothesis. The wolves did not conserve a significant amount of energy by suppressing snow intake. When snow intake was suppressed during undernutrition, less than 1% of the calculated daily energy expenditure was saved. There was no unequivocal evidence of snow intake suppression in any other experiment. It is concluded that when energy balance is negative during winter, wolves do not suppress snow intake to conserve energy.
    • Water metabolism of wolves in winter: Effects of varying food intake and exercise

      Philo, Lee Michael; Dieterich, Robert A. (1986)
      The only free water available to wolves during arctic winter is snow. Snow consumption involves an energy cost due to melting the snow and increasing the temperature of the resulting water to deep body temperature. Wolves are subject to negative energy balance when prey availability is inadequate. When negative energy balance is prolonged, the energy cost of snow consumption could shorten the time to death by starvation. It was therefore hypothesized that during negative energy balance in winter, wolves reduce energy expenditure by suppressing snow intake. The goal was to determine whether wolves conserve a significant quantity of energy by suppressing snow intake during negative energy balance in winter. The hypothesis was tested by varying food intake and exercise of captive wolves during winter in arctic Alaska. Experimental negative energy balance was imposed in three ways: (1) undernutrition, (2) fasting and (3) forced exercise on a treadmill with no change in food intake. Results of testing the hypothesis varied among experiments, but overall the findings refuted the hypothesis. When the wolves were undernourished, there was indirect evidence of suppressed snow intake. When the wolves were fasted, there was indirect evidence of enhanced snow intake. When the wolves were exercised with no change in food intake, there was indirect evidence of both suppressed and enhanced snow intake, but the evidence of enhancement was more conclusive. The indirect evidence of enhanced snow intake during either fasting or the exercise trial was sufficient to refute the hypothesis. The wolves did not conserve a significant amount of energy by suppressing snow intake. When snow intake was suppressed during undernutrition, less than 1% of the calculated daily energy expenditure was saved. There was no unequivocal evidence of snow intake suppression in any other experiment. It is concluded that when energy balance is negative during winter, wolves do not suppress snow intake to conserve energy.
    • Water quality from rainwater catchments throughout Alaska: looking at contaminants in catchment materials

      Hart, Corianne Irene (2003-12)
      A field study which focused on linking materials used in rainwater catchments to the quality of water they produce was conducted throughout Alaska in the summer of 2003. The importance of this project stems from the fact that many families throughout Alaska depend on rainwater catchment systems to provide water for washing, cleaning, cooking and/or drinking purposes. After a core group of participants were identified, samples were periodically collected from participants' water taps and were analyzed for a suite of contaminants that included metals (e.g., Pb and Zn), organics (e.g., volatile organic compounds) and bacteria. Based on variables, such as construction materials, the frequency of rainfall, the amount of water collected and the duration of storage, we evaluated the effectiveness of various catchments for providing safe drinking water. This fieldwork, coupled with a companion document addressing best management practices for rainwater catchments, provides valuable information for owners of small systems seeking to use rainwater catchments in Alaska. The conclusions of the study were that zinc concentrations of water collected at the tap were affected by roof and tank material, lead concentrations of water collected at the tap were affected by roof material, and copper concentrations of water collected at the tap were affected by pipe material.
    • Water security in the rural North: responding to change, engineering perspectives, and community focused solutions

      Penn, Henry J. F.; Schnabel, William E.; Loring, Philip A.; Gerlach, S. Craig; Dotson, Aaron A.; Barnes, David L. (2016-08)
      This project explores the capacity of rural communities to manage their water resources in a changing climate, environment and society. Using water resources as a lens through which to evaluate the effects of social and environmental changes on Alaska’s rural communities, and working from conversations with key community members including city planners and infrastructure operators, this research develops theoretical frameworks for increasing community capacity. The prospect of developing community capacity, and more specifically water resources management capacity, in order to respond to societal and climatic change is a present concern for rural communities, and is becoming increasingly so in today’s fiscally challenged environment. Many rural water managers in Alaska are challenged by aging systems designed and built over 20 years ago, and are now operating well beyond their design life. While the configuration of existing systems varies across Alaska, a common suite of problems exists; regular breakdowns, failure to achieve regulatory standards, wide variability of raw water quality, low payment rates, and historically high electricity and fuel prices. These systems are also operating during a period of historically high deficit between community needs and available grant funding at both a State and Federal level. Existing theoretical frameworks for exploring the impacts of change on regional water security (i.e. resilience and vulnerability) are informative heuristics for triage of impacts at the individual community level. Presently, however, there is little consideration given to water security solutions that do not involve the construction of a new system. This research proposes that the focus upon “new system solutions” limits available solutions for improving security at both the local and regional levels. Further this research seeks to understand the extent to which “new utility solutions” create additional capacity at both the community and regional level to respond to change. At the core of this work are informal interviews and participant observation research in 11 coastal communities in Bristol Bay and Northwest Arctic regions of Alaska.
    • Water, behavior, and health in Alaska

      Ritter, Troy L.; Bersamin, Andrea; Lopez, Ellen; Hennessy, Thomas; Johnson, Rhonda; Konkel, Steven (2014-08)
      This dissertation addresses the need for a better understanding of how water and sanitation infrastructure and water use behaviors come together to influence health. The ultimate aim is to inform water infrastructure designs and behavior change programming for the prevention of acute respiratory infections (ARIs), skin infections, and diarrhea. All three diseases are of public health significance in Alaska, and all three can be prevented by proper access and use of water and sanitation services. I begin the dissertation by illustrating that some residents who have access to treated water continue to consume untreated river water and rain. In fact, 82% of respondents (n=172) reported that some of their drinking water came from an untreated source. Motives for drinking untreated water could be categorized into six themes: chemicals, taste, health, access, tradition, and cost. The next chapter describes the design and impact of a health promotion program to increase consumption of treated water. Self-reported data revealed that from pre- to post-intervention, the proportion of households drinking mostly treated water increased by 21% (39% to 60%), p < 0.0001. The third chapter reports changes in water use and health as reported by participants who recently received modern sanitation services. Most participants (n=101; 74%) reported improved community health. A prominent theme was that better access to treated water increased children’s ability to drink treated water and perform hand washing and bathing, practices known to prevent ARIs, skin infections and diarrhea. Based on the findings, I recommend: 1) providing inhouse piped water service where feasible, 2) development of an alternative water and sanitation system that provides adequate quantities of water for homes that may not be provided in-house piped water service, and 3) providing health promotion to encourage healthy water use, either in combination with provision of in-house water service, or as a stand-alone intervention.
    • Waterbird distribution and habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region, U.S.A.

      Steen, Valerie (2010-12)
      The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of north-central North America provides some of the most critical wetland habitat continent-wide to waterbirds. Agricultural conversion has resulted in widespread wetland drainage. Furthermore, climate change projections indicate a drier future, which will alter remaining wetland habitats. I evaluated Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) habitat selection and the potential impacts of climate change on the distribution of waterbird species. To examine Black Tern habitat selection, I surveyed 589 wetlands in North and South Dakota in 2008-09, then created multivariate habitat models. I documented breeding at 5% and foraging at 17% of wetlands surveyed, and found local variables were more important predictors of use than landscape variables, evidence for differential selection of wetlands where breeding and foraging occurred, and evidence fora more limited role of area sensitivity (wetland size). To examine the potential effects of climate change, I created models relating occurrence of five waterbird species to climate and wetland variables for the U.S. PPR. Projected range reductions were 28 to 99%, with an average of 64% for all species. Models also predicted that, given even wetland density, the best areas to conserve under climate change are Northern North Dakota and Minnesota.
    • Ways To Help And Ways To Hinder: Climate, Health, And Food Security In Alaska

      Loring, Philip A.; Gerlach, Craig; Fazzino, David V. II; Murray, Maribeth S.; Chapin, F. Stuart III; Atkinson, David E. (2010)
      This dissertation explores various ecological, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and biophysical dimensions food security in Alaska. The context for this work is dramatic climatic change and ongoing demographic, socioeconomic and cultural transitions in Alaska's rural and urban communities. The unifying focus of the papers included here are human health. I provide multiple perspectives on how human health relates to community and ecosystem health, and of the roles of managers, policy makers, and researchers can play in supporting positive health outcomes. Topics include methylmercury (MeHg) contamination of wild fish, the impacts of changes to Alaskan landscapes and seascapes on subsistence and commercial activities, and on ways to design sustainable natural resource policies and co-management regimes such that they mimic natural systems. The operating premise of this work is that sustainability is ostensibly a matter of human health; the finding is that human health can provide a powerful point of integration for social and ecological sustainability research.