The Intersection of Indigenous Communities and Modern Research

As researchers from the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Dr. Alexander Kholodov and Dr. Santosh Panda work in some of the most difficult to access rural communities in the Alaskan interior.

Preparing For The Arctic: Field Training For Field Success

With a team of polar experts who specialize in planning and implementing field logistics, Polar Field Services (PFS) plays a critical role in preparing researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a successful field season.

Student polar adventure: Apply now!

The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) are National Science Foundation supported science and cultural exchange programs for high school students. The three-week JSEP program takes place entirely in Greenland.

Scenes from Smithsonian's Arctic Spring Festival

Scenes from Smithsonian's Arctic Spring Festival

Field Notes frequent contributor Alicia Clarke checked out the Arctic Spring Festival last weekend and offered this snapshot of the event. Check out our photos here!

Smithsonian Celebrates Arctic Culture & Science

Smithsonian Celebrates Arctic Culture & Science

This weekend, crowds will flock to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. to learn about all things Arctic. The Arctic Spring Festival, May 8-10, 2015, will celebrate the people, cultures and science of the region.

Lessons from an Arctic Lake

Lessons from an Arctic Lake

When middle school earth science teacher Tim Martin joined a team of scientists on a 2009 PolarTREC expedition to the far northern reaches of Siberia, he hoped that the exotic experience would yield lessons relevant to his students at Greensboro Day School.

Sharing Knowledge, Sharing the Planet

NSF-funded geologist Jason Briner went to China earlier this month to discuss his Arctic research. Virtually, that is. Jason attended a Skype session with fifth-grade students at The International School of Tianjin, an International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Tianjin, China.

Welcome home, R/V Sikuliaq

The NSF's newest ocean-going laboratory, the R/V Sikuliaq, last week arrived in her home port of Seward, AK. As part of her welcome home, the ship was open for public tours.

What is JSEP?

What is the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)? JSEP is a collaborative effort to educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists and is authorized by the Joint Committee, a diplomatic coalition of the United States, Greenland and Denmark.

Arctic In the News

Arctic In the News

The United States' last vessel capable of breaking through the heaviest ice of the Arctic Circle, and resupplying the U.S. polar research station there, is scheduled to leave San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Recap: Joint Science Education Project 2014

Recap: Joint Science Education Project 2014

Earlier this summer, Lynn Foshee Reed, organizer of Arctic Science Education Week, sent us a recap of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) 2014.

Oil, Conservation & Hunting Rights in the Chukchi Sea

Oil, Conservation & Hunting Rights in the Chukchi Sea

At first blush, there is not a lot in common between eider ducks and increased oil production off the coast of Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But look a little deeper and you’ll discover that the researchers’ work on water birds is a key component in engaging Native communities in northern Alaska.

Next-Generation Polar Wranglers

Julie Brigham-Grette (UMass, Amherst) sent a note from Ny Alesund, where she and Ross Powell (U N Illinois) lead an NSF-funded research trip for undergraduate students on Norway's Svalbard Archipelago. PolarTREC teacher/team member Peggy McNeal is part of the team.

Film makers follow the sea ice in search of whales

Film makers follow the sea ice in search of whales

Each year, bowhead whales migrate in the Bering, Beaufort, and Chukchi Seas. Their voyage is testament to their endurance and provides a peek into the marine ecosystems of whales and zooplankton, and all of the elements that influence movement through subarctic and arctic waters.

GrIT Update: Nearly Home

The GrIT operations team is nearly “home.” After making impressive mileage all last week, the team was approximately a day away from Thule, according to Project Manager Geoff Philips. All indications suggest the team will reach Thule Monday, June 2.

GrIT Update: Homeward Bound

Good travel conditions and a lack of mechanical issues has made for smooth travels for the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team as it makes its way back to Thule.

GrIT Update: The Long Road Home

GrIT Update: The Long Road Home

After a grueling month-long slog across 700 miles of ice sheet, the GrIT team pulled in to Summit Station on May 9. Seven days later they set out for the return trip home. They are currently two days out from NEEM, about 250 miles from Thule.

GrIT update: the view from Summit

After arriving at Summit Station last week, the GrIT team got to work offloading all the cargo, delivering the drilling fluid and casing to the Antarctic drill test camp, and pumping about 19,500 gallons of fuel into the station's stores.

GrIT Report: Cold, mechanicals slow progress

If it can break, it has. With Summit Station practically in sight, the GrIT operations team has been beleaguered by mechanical issues, reports GrIT Project Manager Geoff Phillips in the most recent situation report.