“We could aim to develop some mitigation strategies that would help ships avoid key habitats, adjust their timing, take into account certain migration routes and times,” Donna Hauser said. “As well as make some efforts to minimize sound disturbance by changing vessel speeds.”
Earlier this month, the University of Alaska Fairbanks participated in an international field school in Utqiaġvik, giving early-career researchers a broad view of the Arctic coastal system and how it’s changing, along with some different methods for studying it.
“Barrow” is everywhere while walking around town: on the fire trucks, in the name of the high school, the local utility company, on the North Slope Borough’s official logo. But the name “Utqiaġvik” is showing up, as well. It’s on City Hall and on municipal department letterhead.
In a departure from the meetings in Fairbanks and Anchorage, the primary focus of the meeting in Utqiaġvik was the details that should be considered as development moves forward, rather than whether or not it should happen.