Looking Back to Understand Coming Conditions

After more than a decade of international coordination and planning, scientists are off to examine the remote Petermann Glacier region in Northwestern Greenland. Tag along via the team's blog and social media!

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!

Studying the Glaciers' Margins

Studying the Glaciers' Margins

Nicolás Young at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and colleagues Joerg Schaefer, Jason Briner and Gifford Miller want to know just how sensitive the Laurentide Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet are to climate perturbations.

A Cross-Country Journey to Study Sea Ice Structure

A Cross-Country Journey to Study Sea Ice Structure

A group of scientists are in the final stretch of a two-month journey to collect sea ice cores in Barrow Alaska and return to them to their home base in New Hampshire to study their three-dimensional pore structure.

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.

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.

Looking to Plants For Cultural Insight

Looking to Plants For Cultural Insight

When ethnobotanist Kevin Jernigan traveled to the Russian Far East this summer to launch a comparative study on the medical ethnobotany of two related but separate Arctic cultures, he went with an ambitious goal.

Active Layer Soil & Permafrost in a Warming World

Active Layer Soil & Permafrost in a Warming World

Those seeking to understand how warmer temperatures on the North Slope of Alaska and other regions may increase the impacts of climate change need look no further than the ground beneath their feet.

Collaborative research focuses on Alaskan fisheries, environment

Cultural anthropologists Karen Hébert and Danielle DiNovelli-Lang recently began a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate relationships and perspectives on climate, environment and economic crisis in two of Alaska’s rural subarctic communities.

In the News - October 16, 2014

In the News - October 16, 2014

Alaska Public Radio reported that when the new National Science Foundation research vessel Sikuliaq launches in a few months, it will be equipped with about a half-dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks.

Climate change and polar bears

This week, world leaders met in New York for the U.N. Climate Summit to advance climate action. Concurrently, the New York Times and other media outlets published a series of stories and video about the impacts of a warming Arctic.

Lessons From An Advancing Alaskan Glacier

Lessons From An Advancing Alaskan Glacier

There’s nothing Professor Martin Truffer (UAF) likes better than working in his own back yard and, thankfully, Alaska is a big back yard. A veteran of glacier studies in Antarctica and Greenland, he’s happy to bring it home in his new three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Unlocking the Past for Clues to the Future of Greenland’s Ice Sheet

Unlocking the Past for Clues to the Future of Greenland’s Ice Sheet

What can the past tell us about the future? That’s the question ice core specialist Erich Osterberg and a team of scientists is trying to answer. Their project, Response of the Northwest Greenland Cryosphere to Holocene Climate Change, is supported by the National Science Foundation.

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.

Arctic Lakes Store More Greenhouse Gases Than They Emit

Arctic Lakes Store More Greenhouse Gases Than They Emit

New research published this month indicates that some Arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they emit, effectively working to cool the climate instead of warming it. The study, led by Katey Walter Anthony (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), was published in the journal Nature.

Follow Islands of the Four Mountains fieldwork in real time

Follow Islands of the Four Mountains fieldwork in real time

Learn more about the fascinating research project of Dixie West and Virginia Hatfield (Kansas University), Kirsten Nicolaysen (Whitman College) and Breanyn MacInnes (Central Washington University) in Alaska’s central Aleutians, one of the most inhospitable environments a person could imagine.