Characterized by vast amounts of carbon stored in permafrost and a rapidly evolving landscape, the Arctic is an important focal point for the study of climate change. These are sensitive systems, yet the mechanisms responsible for those sensitivities remain poorly understood and inadequately represented in Earth System Models. The NGEE Arctic project seeks to reduce uncertainty in climate prediction by better understanding critical land-atmosphere feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems of Alaska.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Anchorage today, Toolik Lake tomorrow...
Rich and I arrived in Anchorage last night just after
mid-night. It was an uneventful flight from Knoxville to Minneapolis and then
to our first stop in Alaska. Rich and I both commented that although it was
dark when we left the Twin Cities, it got progressively lighter as we flew
north. Anchorage was bathed in dim sunlight at the time we landed...
I woke early and went for a run along one of Anchorage's
many greenways. I was warned to keep an eye open for moose, but didn't see one.
It was, nonetheless, a beautiful morning with temperatures in the high sixties
at 6:00am and a predicted high of 85F for the day. We were told that
temperatures this high were unusual for this time of the year.
Rich and I walked to a near-by sporting goods store to
pick up a few last minute items, including mosquito spray. We were told that
although it would get progressively cooler as we traveled north, the mosquitoes
were bound to be active by the time we arrived in Toolik Lake. Better safe than
We are now at the airport waiting for our flight to
Prudhoe Bay. There, Rich and I will catch a shuttle to Toolik Lake where we will
stay until Thursday. My understanding is that the drive down the Dalton Highway
to Toolik Lake from Phudhoe Bay is spectacular so looking forward to that.