Our objective during this trip is to introduce modelers, Martin, and DOE managers to the science being conducted as part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project. This project, led by ORNL, has the goal of delivering a process-rich model of Arctic ecosystems for inclusion into high-resolution Earth System Models. These models are used to simulate climate, both for the past and into the future, and the NGEE Arctic project is gathering data that will ultimately be used to form climate predictions.
We will join others involved in this trip later today in Anchorage. We will check into our hotels, buy a few last minute supplies, and then fly to Nome Thursday morning. Larry will meet us at the airport for a few days in Nome and surrounding areas before leaving for Barrow. We are looking forward to what will be a scientifically interesting and rewarding trip. Check back this week for daily blogs as our trip gets underway.