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WWETAC Focus Area: Environment

Johnson A., Kruger L. 2016. Geomorphology and sustainable subsistence habitats.

Shoreline habitats and their associated food resources in SE Alaska are undergoing changes due to tectonics, climate change and human impacts. Geomorphic changes in shorelines around six native communities were analyzed and merged with information gleaned from community members on food gathering practices. Coastlines in southeast Alaska will be subject to both inundation due to sea level rise (southern region) and uplift (northern region) which will decrease estuary size and increase rocky habitats thereby affecting clam, chiton and salmon habitat. Baseline information like this can be used to inform community management plans.