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UAF - North Water Polynya Seabird Surveys
Entry ID: ArcOD_2005O1

Abstract: To relate avian usage of the North Water polynya to the distribution, abundance and production of prey, we assessed seasonal changes in the distribution and relative abundance of seabirds. In order to assess the spatial distribution of seabirds in the North Water, we conducted surveys of seabirds from the bridge of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers whenever the icebreakers were underway. Bird specimens were also collected to carry out stable isotope analysis.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the patterns of avian usage of the North Water polynya. We assessed the timing of arrival and the seasonal changes in the at-sea distribution of seabirds in the North Water polynya and related these parameters to oceanographic conditions. Oceanographic variables were collected by collaborators and are not part of this data set.
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: 79.0   S: 75.0   E: -66.0   W: -80.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: George L. Hunt, Jr. University of California, Irvine
Dataset Title: UAF - North Water Polynya Seabird Surveys
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Dataset Release Place: Irvine, California
Dataset Publisher: University of California
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-08-01
Stop Date: 1999-09-30
SHIPS Ancillary Description
Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Sightings are referenced to the observer, the cruise, ship name, date and time. Birds were counted within 300m off of one side of the ship whenever the ship was underway. Weather conditions and ocean conditions were recorded simultaneously and it was noted when sightability decreased to less than 300m. Position was recorded from ship's GPS.

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This study was funded by National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs grant number OPP9725071 awarded to Dr. George L. Hunt, Jr. of the University of California, Irvine, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. This data set was created as part of the international investigation of the North Water polynya which was initiated under the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board.
Use Constraints Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the University of California, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-01-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24