Arctic Researchers

    A scientist's blog from the Arctic: Unraveling mysteries of migration

    S. Zack, Yale Environment 360, July 12, 2011. Steve Zack, a biologist with the New York–based Wildlife Conservation Society, works extensively in Arctic Alaska. In the first of a series of reports for Yale Environment 360, Zack describes how he and his colleagues are using the latest in miniaturized technology to track the remarkable global migrations of birds that nest on Alaska's North Slope. Subsequent blog posts will touch on how global warming is altering the region's ecosystems.

    Applying climate change science in Alaska

    Lecture #2 in U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Climate Change Lecture Series, presented March 12, 2009, by Wendy Loya, PhD, of the Wilderness Society. (PDF, 1.76 MB) Click here for the audio portion. This interview requires the use of the Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded from Windows Media Player's Web site at no charge.

    Arctic exploration for climate science

    A. Kenward, ClimateCentral, March 14, 2011. On-the-ground data is what climate scientists need in order to get a more complete picture of how the Arctic is changing and what ramifications there might be for the rest of the world. The quest for such data underpins a unique collaboration between scientists and explorers known as the Catlin Arctic Survey.

    Arctic science needs more Inuit, Greenlandic scientists say

    J. George, Nunatsiaq Online, May 16, 2011. Parnuna Egede and Minik Rosing, both Greenlandic scientists, would like to see more young Inuit study science and work towards a career in science.

    Arctic Voice

    The Arctic Voice Expedition consists of a kayaking journey following the route of the historic Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic in the summers of 2007 and 2008 and an overland journey by ski and dog sled in the winter/spring of 2008. The aim is to visit remote settlements and hunting camps and to meet residents of the Arctic to hear their story of a changing world. (Archived version of webpage)

    As Polar Year ends, researchers look for climate clues in mountains of data

    PBS NewsHour, April 10, 2009. A period of intensive study of the Earth's polar caps, called the International Polar Year, ended in March 2009, leaving researchers with a bounty of data to sort through to help inform the next generation of polar research.

    Catlin Arctic Survey 2010

    Catlin Arctic Survey 2010 is focused on what is widely considered to be the 'other' carbon problem beyond climate change, that of ocean change. The Survey is undertaking vital research into how greenhouse gases could affect the marine life of the Arctic Ocean, including some species that can be described as the core of life on our planet. (Archived version of webpage)

    Eavesdropping on Arctic birds

    N. Boelman, New York Times, June 15, 2011. Natalie Boelman, an ecosystem ecologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, writes from the North Slope of Alaska, where she is studying the effects of climate change on the interactions among plants, insects, and migratory songbirds.

    Essays on the Arctic

    This is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Arctic theme page," where experts in Arctic science answer questions.

    Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

    Blog of Polar Field Services, an organization that works with National Science Foundation–funded scientists to arrange polar expeditions.

    Geographies of Inuit sea ice use

    C. Aporta et al. Canadian Geographer (2011) 55(1). This special issue of Canadian Geographer presents insights that Inuit hunters have shared with the authors about what declining sea ice means to them, reflecting different perspectives that emerge from different communities.

    Getting wise to the owl, a charismatic sentry in climate change

    J. Robbins, New York Times, May 23, 2011. For 19 years, owl researcher Denver Holt has journeyed to Barrow, Alaska, each summer to map out the predator-prey relationship between the lemmings that crawl across the tundra and the white owls that hunt them from above. As he prepares for his 20th field season in the Arctic, he says that the snowy owl has a role to play in understanding ecological changes in one of the fastest changing places in the world.

    Ice stories: Dispatches from polar scientists

    For the International Polar Year, polar scientists were given cameras and blogging tools and asked to document their field work. Follow along on their adventures and see what it's like to be a research scientist in the Arctic or Antarctica.

    ICESCAPE blog

    The ICESCAPE mission, which stands for "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," will investigate the impacts of climate change on the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas along Alaska's northern coast. The NASA mission embarked in June 2010 onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the United States' newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker.

    Indigenous knowledge in modern polar science

    C. Brooks. Ice Stories. October 29, 2008. One IPY-sponsored project that is bringing indigenous knowledge into polar science is the Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU) project.

    International Polar Year kicks off

    NPR's "Talk of the Nation," March 2, 2007. A two-year research program aims to better understand the poles and how they affect Earth's climate. Polar explorer Will Steger provides an update from the site of his latest trek, a 1,200-mile dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic's Baffin Island.

    Mapping the whalers: Sea ice study goes beyond the numbers

    N. Rozell, Alaska Dispatch, July 30, 2011. Like most college students, Matt Druckenmiller did not know much about sea ice when he began his degree program. But now he has walked and snowmachined whalers' trails to the ice edge near Barrow, earning a doctorate and getting to know people who harvest bowhead whales along the way.

    Ice and climate web log of Jason E. Box, Ph.D.

    Monitoring seasonal and long-term climate changes and extremes in the Central Alaska Network

    P.J. Sousanes. Alaska Park Science (2007) 6(2):22-25. Climate is a primary driver of ecological change and an important component of the Central Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network (CAKN). By monitoring seasonal and long-term climate patterns in the region, we can correlate climate changes and extremes to other variations in the ecosystem, such as changes in permafrost extent or vegetation composition. (PDF, 338 KB)

    Newsnight's Arctic adventure

    BBC Newsnight, August 21, 2008. BBC Newsnight science editor Susan Watts traveled to the Arctic outpost of Ny Alesund to join up with a team of climate scientists on board the specialist expedition vessel the James Clark Ross.

    Polar research

    Webpage produced by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    Polar science

    E. Pennisi et al., eds. Science (2007) 315(5818):1513-1540. This special issue of Science contains a series of articles from the International Polar Year (IPY) research initiative, with an exploration of polar processes and their influence on many of our planet's ecological and biogeochemical cycles.

    Polar warming

    PBS Online NewsHour, November 8, 2004. Results of a four-year study released by a team of 300 scientists show the Arctic is warming at twice the global average rate. Tom Bearden reports on the science of the Arctic.

    Recording the trend: The role of the climate monitoring vital sign in understanding park ecosystems

    P. Sousanes. Alaska Park Science (2010) 9(1):10-12. Climate patterns are key to understanding ecosystem processes, yet the available analyses, trends, and models for Alaska are based on relatively few observations. One of the fundamental ways the Alaska Inventory and Monitoring program is helping to assess climate change is by deploying climate stations that record temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, soil temperature, relative humidity, snow depth, and solar radiation. (PDF, 232 KB)

    Scientists study Arctic climate

    BBC News, August 30, 2007. Scientists from the University of Wales, Bangor, are joining a polar expedition to study the impact of climate change.

    Taking an icy look at global warming

    NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday," May 20, 2007. Two young researchers find out just how difficult global warming research can be when they venture onto the Arctic ice sheet, north of Alaska. Data gathered there is critical to advancing knowledge of the phenomenon. This story is from Alaska Public Radio Network's Annie Feidt.

    The North Pole was here: Puzzles and perils at the top of the world

    A.C. Revkin, New York Times Book, Kingfisher, 2006. New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin leads readers through the mysterious history of arctic exploration; he follows oceanographers as they drill a hole through nine feet of ice to dive into waters below; peers into the mysteries of climate modeling and global warming; and ultimately shows how the fate of the pole will affect us all. Listen to an interview with Revkin on NPR's "Fresh Air" from June 14, 2006.

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