Arctic Geobotanical Atlas: geobotany ... is the intersection between vegetation science, geology, and geography

About the TAGA

Contact Information:

Alaska Geobotany Center
Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 757000
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
Telephone: 1.907.474.2459
Fax: 1.907.474.6967
Email: Edie Barbour


Copyright © 2008 Alaska Geobotany Center. Materials contained on this web site are copyright protected under the provisions of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. Materials may be freely downloaded, reprinted and redistributed for non-commercial use, unless credited to another source. Reproduction and redistribution of the materials on this web site, including derivative works, shall give credit to the Alaska Geobotany Center and remain subject to the above license. Any web pages that use this material shall contain a link pointing to the Alaska Geobotany Center home page (


A great many people have played a role in developing the maps for this site. Special acknowledgement goes to Nancy Auerbach at the University of Colorado, and Julie Knudson, now at Colorado State University, who developed earlier versions of the web site. The primary work for this site was accomplished by Donald A. (Skip) Walker, project manager; Hilmar Maier, GIS manager at the Alaska Geobotany Center; Edie Barbour, web-site and database developer; Martha Raynolds, the primary mapper for the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map and the Alaska Arctic Tundra Vegetation Map; additional GIS work by Tina Buxbaum, Gayle Neufeld-Horner, and Shalane Carlson; and numerous students that assisted with the bibliographic and photographic databases, including Scott Vockeroth, Cortney Pylant, Kelsey Gobroski, Stefanie Walden, and Kyoko Okano.

The site was developed at the Alaska Geobotany Center, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, with funding from the National Science Foundation Grant ARC-0425517. It was developed in collaboration with:

The maps in the Atlas were produced by Donald A. (Skip) Walker and numerous colleagues with funding from a variety of sources:

  • Funds for the Toolik Lake maps came from the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research project at Toolik Lake
  • The maps at Imnavait Creek were developed under a Department of Energy Grant as part of the R4D project
  • Several maps along the Dalton Highway and elsewhere on the Arctic Slope were funded under the NSF Arctic System Science Land Atmosphere Ice Interactions Flux and ATLAS (Arctic Transitions in the Land Atmosphere System) projects (OPP-9908829) and the NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment project (OPP-0120736)
  • Maps of the Prudhoe Bay region were developed as part of the Prudhoe Bay Geobotanical Atlas, funded mainly by the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. The project was initiated at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado

Funding Agencies and Key Collaborators

National Science Foundation logo Toolik Lake GIS logo Alaska Geobotany Center logo Geographic Information Network of Alaska logo
National Science
Toolik Field Station
Toolik Field Station GIS
TFS Environmental Data Center
Alaska Geobotany Center Geographic Information
Network of Alaska
Water and Environmental Research Center logo University of Alaska Fairbanks logo Long Term Ecological Research logo Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map logo
Water and Environmental
Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks Arctic Long Term
Ecological Research
Circumpolar Arctic
Vegetation Map


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