Repeat photography is a common practice as an initial step in monitoring landscape change because it is so simple and the rewards can be so great. Many researchers in Alaska and elsewhere have conducted projects similar to this one that have documented dramatic landscape change. Some of the products from these projects are viewable at the websites below. This list is not exhaustive but will be a good place to start if you are interested in repeat photography or landscape change in Alaska.
A study conducted by the U. S. Geological Survey featuring photographs of glaciers from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Kenai Fjords National Park, and the northwestern Prince William Sound area of the Chugach National Forest.
A collection of blog entries from a group of scientists travelling along two arctic rivers to take repeat photographs of the tundra. Click “View all dispatches from this project” to get a sense of the challenges and rewards that conducting a repeat photography study in Alaska can bring. The photographs from this project are now featured in a coffee table book titled The Changing Arctic Landscape by Ken D. Tape, available from the University of Alaska Press, and a travelling museum exhibit titled “Then & Now, the Changing Arctic Landscape.”
A study conducted by the National Park Service Southwest Alaska Network and Alaska Biological Research Inc. completed and cataloged over 200 repeat photographs in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve. The database is searchable by park, subject, and location.
A study sponsored by the Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, the U. S. Geological Survey, and Kenai Fjords National Park comparing and documenting a century of changes in ice cover and thickness of the glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park has now been cataloged into the searchable database for Southwestern Alaska parks. Has photographs and video animations.
During a project conducted in 2013 and 2014, researchers followed in the footsteps of the goldrush stampeders using repeat photography to capture evidence of landscape change that has occurred over a tumultuous century for the area.
An interdisciplinary team has cataloged thousand of historical photographs taken by land surveyors throughout the Canadian Rockies. Follow their progress as they repeat these photographs and study the changes they document.
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