Alaska Park Science

Alaska Park Science is a journal published twice a year by the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, to share research information about Alaska's national parks.

Some issues of Alaska Park Science focus on an issue that is common to several parks, and some issues may highlight one park and its research and management issues.

Learn more about Alaska Park Science or browse for Denali-related articles.

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  • person digging next to a thick wall of ice covered by a thin layer of soil

    Learn about a 2003 baseline study of 160,000 acres in the Toklat River basin of Denali. Permafrost was known to exist in the area, but this study provided specific details which will benefit park managers and future scientists. Read more

  • dilapidated wood building in a mountainous setting

    From the thousands of mining claims that existed at when Congress created most national parks in Alaska, around 750 still remain. These are mainly abandoned sites and features, in various stages of disrepair and failure. Since 1981, the NPS has worked to quantify the number and type of hazards posed by these sites and has pursued a variety of solutions to mitigate the issues, such as visitor safety hazards, presented by relic mining features. Read more

  • view from high atop a snowy mountain, looking down at plumes of smoke

    Denali is linked to the rest of the world through atmospheric pathways that carry industrial and agricultural contaminants, as well as smoke and dust, across the oceans from one continent to another. Two path-ways in particular carry airborne contami-nants to Denali, each with a characteristic seasonal pattern of transport. Read more

  • forested landscape with snowy mountains in the distance

    A quick overview of the natural history that formed what we know today as Denali National Park - and glimpses at changes that might happen in the near and distant future. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    An Integrated Study of Road Capacity at Denali

    two green buses on a grassy hill with people standing outside taking photos

    A sole road provides access to the interior of Denali. Traffic on it is restricted mostly to buses, with a cap on how many total trips can occur in a summer. Though the limit hasn't been reached, visitation increases annually. In order to evaluate the traffic limits and how traffic impacts wildlife, we have designed a multidisciplilnary study. This research will inform decisions about managing traffic to protect resources and maintain quality visitor experiences. Read more

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