The Copper River Knowledge System is designed to facilitate the exchange of information about the natural and human resources of the Copper River Region.

While the land is owned and managed by many throughout the Copper River watershed, water flows where it will and fish, wildlife, and vegetation live wherever their nature directs. To get a grasp of the dynamic nature of the watershed, it is necessary to gather information from many sources and put it into a centralized spot. The Copper River Knowledge System is this centralized spot. Most, if not all, of the information currently available on the Copper River Knowledge System is public information. Numerous partners throughout the watershed are sharing data and information they assembled through this system.

The Copper River Knowledge System is an open-sourced geo-spatial and temporal database that includes both qualitative and quantitative information about the natural and human resources of the Copper River watershed in southcentral Alaska. The non-spatial component presents written narrative, audio files, and hyperlinks to research and management reports. The spatial component of the Copper River Knowledge System presents a great variety publicly available datasets, many of which are available to download.

The Copper River Knowledge System was designed to:

  • Help local citizens and resource managers better understand the watershed in which they live and work;
  • Foster a broader understanding of the natural and human-influenced processes affecting the Copper River watershed;
  • Simultaneously present data that is not readily available and/or easily integrated; and
  • Facilitate data transparency and information exchange.




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