Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Finally, Larry and I had agreed earlier in the week to give an informal science presentation to the local community. Nok Ackers, who works for the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC), extended the initial invitation. I met Nok several years ago during one of my first trips to Barrow. As it turns out, Larry returned to Fairbanks earlier this afternoon and thus the presentation was mine to make. I spoke about the integration knowledge gained through field and laboratory studies into climate models. The NGEE Arctic project served as an example. The presentation was at the Inupiat Heritage Center and was attended by several dozen residents. There was a good Q&A session afterwards.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I purchased wood last fall from the local hardware store here in Barrow and stored it for the winter in our sea-land container. Yesterday evening, all the wood was moved to a large UMIAQ building and today I began building a few sections of board-walk.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As we made our way across the tundra to our field site, the snow depth appeared less than it did last year. The vegetation that inhabits the raised rims and ridges around the ice-wedge polygons is still visible. Last year, it was buried under a significant amount of snow.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We had to dig out the sea-land container to find a few of our other supplies. Once the snow was cleared, we retrieved our SIPRE auger and soon had all the pieces organized for tomorrow. Other bits and pieces were retrieved as well and, by the end of the day, we all felt confident that we had everything we needed for a successful start to our field campaign in the morning.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Brower Frantz, Operations Manager with UMIAQ, picked Craig and me up at the airport. We loaded up our luggage and headed out to UMIAQ's office east of Barrow. Brower and I exchanged a set of keys for the hut we would be staying in and several other buildings where we would stage our work before heading to the field. Last year, we stored our winter clothing in one of the UMIAQ buildings and I retrieved those for everyone so they would be ready when they arrived tomorrow. Craig picked up a few misc. supplies that he needed for his GPS unit, we'll need that to locate sampling points tomorrow.