Natural Resource Condition Assessment
The Glacier Bay Natural Resource Condition Assessment is a comprehensive study of the current conditions of important park natural resources. Using the wealth of scientific data and knowledge researchers have gathered in Glacier Bay, this document synthesizes findings to capture a snapshot-in-time of key ecologic components, and the threats they face.
Understanding the current condition of Glacier Bay's natural resources helps park managers to determine priorities, make management decisions, and communicate with our partners and visitors about how we can protect this environment.
Explore the sections of the Natural Resource Condition Assessment PDF to dive deeper into the natural heritage of this living laboratory and discover what we found.
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How are moose adapting to habitat change, plant succession, and predation, among other factors?
What role has human conflict, interspecies competition, and other stressors played on Glacier Bay black and brown bears?
Is climate change, rising tree lines, and predation changing the population trends of mountain goats?
How have stressors like killer whale predation, pollutants, and vessel traffic affected harbor seal populations?
Are humpback whale populations affected by underwater vessel noise, fishing gear, and vessel strikes?
Sea otter populations have rebounded incredibly in the past decade. What factors are impacting sea otter populations in the park?
Murrelets (Kittlitz's and Marbled)
Has altered habitat due, availability of nutrients, and disturbances from marine vessels affected the murrelet populations in the park?
How are changes in forage species, climate change, and other stressors impacting the habits and population characteristics of sea ducks?
Are anadromous fish affected by stressors such as ocean acidification, habitat change, and harvesting?
Mid-trophic Level Marine Forage Fish
What role are changes in ocean climate, increased predation, underwater noise, and other impacts having on marine forage fish?
How are halibut populations in the park responding to pollutants, climate change, harvest, and competition?
How is climate change affecting Glacier Bay's glaciers? Are there changes in glacial extent and surface elevation?
How are campers and boats affecting the condition of Glacier Bay's marine shoreline?
Undeveloped, untrammeled, or primitive; how are changes in visitor use, park management, and invasive species affecting wilderness?
Last updated: March 23, 2018