Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: IPY: Current Climate changes over Eastern Siberia and Interior Alaska and their Impact on Permafrost Landscapes, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Hydrological Regime (Award# 0731739)

PI: Yoshikawa, Kenji (kyoshikawa@alaska.edu)
Phone: (907) 474.6090 
Institute/Department: U of Alaska, Fairbanks, Water and Environmental Research Center 
IPY Project? YES
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\EHR\DRL
Program Manager: Mr. David Campbell (dcampbel@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Cryosphere | Education and Outreach |

Project Web Site(s):
Institute: http://ine.uaf.edu/werc/
Institute: http://www.arcticclimatemodeling.com/
IPY: http://www.ipy.org/index.php?ipy/detail/permafrost...
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardN...
Data: http://www.uaf.edu/permafrost/

Science Summary:
This project is establishing long-term permafrost monitoring sites adjacent to schools in the circumpolar permafrost region and providing Native Alaskan and Russian students with field experiences and classrooms lessons on permafrost. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) report renewed concerns that enhanced thawing or degradation of permafrost is having a major impact on infrastructures, coastal processes, and Arctic communities. Most remote villages depend on a subsistence lifestyle, and changing climate and permafrost conditions directly affect Native communities. To better understand these changes, the project is drilling boreholes at 100 Alaskan village schools and installing data loggers with temperature sensors that measure hourly air and permafrost temperatures. Teachers at grade levels ranging from elementary to high school are helping their students download and analyze the data in science classes. To support classroom instruction, the project is developing Permafrost/Remote Sensing Classroom Lesson units and a Permafrost/Remote Sensing module to be made widely available on DVD and their Web site. These activities enable students to collaborate and communicate new ideas, as well as to develop critical thinking skills that transcend the boundaries of the science classroom. Using the Internet, teachers and students can also compare their data with data from other monitoring schools. The scientific information gathered from these stations is also being shared with researchers and the general public via an online permafrost database. The research addresses three of the six International Polar Year themes: The Current State of the Polar Environment, Change in the Polar Environment, and Human Societies in Polar Regions. Through integration of research and education, the project is providing high resolution data on the spatial distribution of the thermal state of permafrost in Alaska, improving the general knowledge of Earth's climatic patterns, bringing science to remote Arctic villages that tend to have limited exposure to science, and providing an opportunity for younger generations to take part in understanding Earth's climatic and hydrologic systems.

Logistics Summary:
This project supports the establishment of long-term permafrost/active layer monitoring sites in Alaska and Siberia. The Alaska work builds on the NSF EPSCoR outreach project, "Permafrost Health" (0346770), by establishing monitoring sites adjacent to about 100 Alaskan schools from 2008 to 2011. In 2013 and 2014, the PI will establish sites appropriate and convenient near communities and schools in Siberia. The PI will travel to research areas to establish boreholes instrumented with micro dataloggers with temperature sensors to measure air and permafrost temperatures hourly. The researchers will train the local school communities--both teachers and students--to download and analyze the data. Data from these observatories will be made public via the PI’s institutional Web site. This work contributes to the IPY Thermal State of Permafrost (TSP) effort. During 2008 and 2009, a team of two to three will make several trips, requiring travel via snowmachine, truck, and/or airplane, to Native communities to establish the experiments and/or to download data. During 2009, the PI will make various trips. The first, a one-month snowmachine traverse, begins in Bethel, hub of villages along the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and ends in Fairbanks. The PI will be accompanied by one field team member on this traverse, an assignment shared by three colleagues (including Ned Rozell, UAF science writer) who rotate through. Next, in late April, the PI will travel via chartered flight to Nome, stopping at several villages en route he will also visit Diomede Island before returning to Fairbanks at the end of the first week in May. Mid-summer and fall trips to Alaska and Canada finish the year. In all, the PI intends to visit almost 50 communities in 2009, either to maintain existing experiments or to install new instruments and teach local students to tend them. In 2010, the PI will revisit sites, traveling via fixed-wing plane and truck as needed. In spring, the team will make trips in mid-April and June/July to remote sites. In September, a team will travel by truck to Yukon sites, and the PI will work with Vladimir Romanovsky at Kaktovik, Barrow, and Wainwright. In 2011, the PI will revisit about 30 sites to retrieve data from existing equipment, beginning with an April visit to Diomede Island. Following the April trip, the PI will continue site visits via fixed wing. CPS is working with the PI to develop details of the air support required for these trips. In November and December of 2013, two team members will visit communities in Central Yakut and remote communities (the PI is supporting this work with funds of his own). In 2014, 3 team members will visit Russia on various outreach campaigns: Chukotka in March; most of the Sakha (Yakutua) Republic, Baikal regions and other Siberian remote communities during January-March; and a visit to the mountain region with community follow-up as needed during April through August.

For the work in Alaska from 2008 through 2011, CPS will provide air charters, vehicle rentals, boat (by reimbursement), remote lodging/subsistence, camp gear, sat phone, snowmachines, and fuel. For the work in Russia in 2014, CPS will provide air tickets and accommodation expenses via reimbursement. All other logistical support, including all field work in 2013, will be paid by the PI.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2008Alaska - Ambler04 / 08 / 2008 04 / 08 / 20082
2008Alaska - Anvik03 / 14 / 2008 03 / 14 / 20082
2008Alaska - Bethel03 / 16 / 2008 03 / 16 / 20082
2008Alaska - Brevig Mission03 / 26 / 2008 03 / 26 / 20082
2008Alaska - Deering03 / 30 / 2008 03 / 30 / 20082
2008Alaska - Elim03 / 21 / 2008 03 / 21 / 20082
2008Alaska - Emmonak03 / 17 / 2008 03 / 17 / 20082
2008Alaska - Golovin03 / 24 / 2008 03 / 24 / 20082
2008Alaska - Kiana04 / 10 / 2008 04 / 10 / 20082
2008Alaska - Kivalina04 / 11 / 2008 04 / 11 / 20082
2008Alaska - Kobuk04 / 09 / 2008 04 / 09 / 20082
2008Alaska - Kotlik03 / 17 / 2008 03 / 17 / 20082
2008Alaska - Kotzebue04 / 01 / 2008 04 / 07 / 20093
2008Alaska - Koyuk03 / 21 / 2008 03 / 21 / 20082
2008Alaska - Nome03 / 25 / 2008 03 / 25 / 20082
2008Alaska - Noorvik04 / 10 / 2008 04 / 10 / 20082
2008Alaska - Selawik04 / 07 / 2008 04 / 07 / 20082
2008Alaska - Shageluk03 / 15 / 2008 03 / 15 / 20082
2008Alaska - Shaktoolik03 / 20 / 2008 03 / 20 / 20082
2008Alaska - Shishmaref03 / 28 / 2008 03 / 28 / 20082
2008Alaska - Shungnak04 / 09 / 2008 04 / 09 / 20082
2008Alaska - St. Michael Island03 / 18 / 2008 03 / 18 / 20082
2008Alaska - Stebbins03 / 18 / 2008 03 / 18 / 20082
2008Alaska - Teller03 / 26 / 2008 03 / 26 / 20082
2008Alaska - Unalakleet03 / 19 / 2008 03 / 19 / 20082
2008Alaska - Wales03 / 27 / 2008 03 / 27 / 20082
2008Alaska - White Mountain03 / 25 / 2008 03 / 25 / 20082
2009Alaska - Allakaket03 / 19 / 2009 03 / 19 / 20092
2009Alaska - Aniak03 / 05 / 2009 03 / 15 / 20093
2009Alaska - Anvik03 / 15 / 2009 03 / 15 / 20092
2009Alaska - Atmautluak03 / 04 / 2009 03 / 04 / 20092
2009Alaska - Atqasuk05 / 01 / 2009 05 / 01 / 20092
2009Alaska - Bethel02 / 17 / 2009 03 / 15 / 20093
2009Alaska - Chefornak02 / 24 / 2009 02 / 25 / 20092
2009Alaska - Chevak03 / 01 / 2009 03 / 02 / 20092
2009Alaska - Chuathbaluk03 / 06 / 2009 03 / 06 / 20092
2009Alaska - Cordova04 / 20 / 2009 04 / 20 / 20092
2009Alaska - Eek02 / 20 / 2009 02 / 20 / 20092
2009Alaska - Elim04 / 28 / 2009 04 / 28 / 20092
2009Alaska - Galena03 / 17 / 2009 03 / 17 / 20092
2009Alaska - Gambell05 / 04 / 2009 05 / 04 / 20092
2009Alaska - Grayling03 / 16 / 2009 03 / 16 / 20092
2009Alaska - Holy Cross03 / 15 / 2009 03 / 15 / 20092
2009Alaska - Hooper Bay03 / 02 / 2009 03 / 03 / 20092
2009Alaska - Hughes03 / 18 / 2009 03 / 18 / 20092
2009Alaska - Huslia03 / 18 / 2009 03 / 18 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kaltag03 / 16 / 2009 03 / 16 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kasigluk03 / 04 / 2009 03 / 04 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kenai Peninsula04 / 21 / 2009 04 / 21 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kipnuk02 / 24 / 2009 02 / 24 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kongiganak02 / 22 / 2009 02 / 23 / 20092
2009Alaska - Koyuk04 / 28 / 2009 04 / 28 / 20092
2009Alaska - Koyukuk03 / 16 / 2009 03 / 16 / 20092
2009Alaska - Kwigillingok02 / 23 / 2009 02 / 23 / 20092
2009Alaska - Little Diomede Island04 / 29 / 2009 04 / 29 / 20092
2009Alaska - Manley Hot Springs03 / 21 / 2009 03 / 21 / 20092
2009Alaska - Napakiak02 / 19 / 2009 02 / 19 / 20092
2009Alaska - Napaskiak02 / 19 / 2009 02 / 19 / 20092
2009Alaska - Newtok02 / 27 / 2009 02 / 27 / 20092
2009Alaska - Nightmute02 / 25 / 2009 02 / 25 / 20092
2009Alaska - Nome04 / 28 / 2009 04 / 28 / 20092
2009Alaska - Nuiqsut05 / 02 / 2009 05 / 02 / 20092
2009Alaska - Nulato03 / 16 / 2009 03 / 16 / 20092
2009Alaska - Nunapitchuk03 / 04 / 2009 03 / 04 / 20092
2009Alaska - Oscarville02 / 19 / 2009 02 / 19 / 20092
2009Alaska - Point Hope04 / 30 / 2009 04 / 30 / 20092
2009Alaska - Point Lay04 / 30 / 2009 04 / 30 / 20092
2009Alaska - Port Heiden04 / 22 / 2009 04 / 22 / 20092
2009Alaska - Quinhagak02 / 20 / 2009 02 / 20 / 20092
2009Alaska - Savoonga05 / 04 / 2009 05 / 04 / 20092
2009Alaska - Seward Peninsula04 / 21 / 2009 04 / 21 / 20092
2009Alaska - Sleetmute03 / 07 / 2009 03 / 07 / 20092
2009Alaska - Tanana03 / 20 / 2009 03 / 20 / 20092
2009Alaska - Toksook Bay02 / 26 / 2009 02 / 26 / 20092
2009Alaska - Tuntutuliak02 / 21 / 2009 02 / 21 / 20092
2009Alaska - Tununak02 / 26 / 2009 02 / 26 / 20092
2009Alaska - Unalakleet04 / 27 / 2009 04 / 27 / 20092
2009Alaska - Utqiaġvik (Barrow)04 / 05 / 2009 04 / 09 / 20092
2009Alaska - Wainwright05 / 01 / 2009 05 / 01 / 20092
2009Alaska - Wales04 / 29 / 2009 04 / 29 / 20092
2009Canada - Old Crow2
2009Canada - Pelly Bay2
2010Alaska - Allakaket03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Aniak02 / 20 / 2010 02 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Anvik03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Atmautluak03 / 04 / 2010 03 / 04 / 20102
2010Alaska - Atqasuk04 / 28 / 2010 04 / 28 / 20102
2010Alaska - Bethel02 / 17 / 2010 03 / 15 / 20103
2010Alaska - Chefornak02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2010Alaska - Chevak03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Chuathbaluk03 / 06 / 2010 03 / 06 / 20102
2010Alaska - Cordova04 / 20 / 2010 04 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Eek02 / 20 / 2010 02 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Elim04 / 28 / 2010 04 / 28 / 20102
2010Alaska - Galena03 / 17 / 2010 03 / 17 / 20102
2010Alaska - Gambell04 / 22 / 2010 04 / 22 / 20102
2010Alaska - Grayling03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Holy Cross03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Hooper Bay03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Hughes02 / 20 / 2010 02 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Huslia03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kaltag03 / 16 / 2010 03 / 16 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kasigluk03 / 16 / 2010 03 / 16 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kenai Peninsula04 / 21 / 2010 04 / 21 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kipnuk02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 24 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kongiganak02 / 22 / 2010 02 / 23 / 20102
2010Alaska - Koyuk04 / 28 / 2010 04 / 28 / 20102
2010Alaska - Koyukuk03 / 16 / 2010 03 / 16 / 20102
2010Alaska - Kwigillingok02 / 23 / 2010 02 / 23 / 20102
2010Alaska - Little Diomede Island02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2010Alaska - Manley Hot Springs03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Napakiak02 / 19 / 2010 02 / 19 / 20102
2010Alaska - Newtok03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Nightmute02 / 25 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2010Alaska - Nome02 / 20 / 2010 02 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Nuiqsut03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Nulato03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Nunapitchuk03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Oscarville02 / 19 / 2010 02 / 19 / 20102
2010Alaska - Point Hope02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2010Alaska - Point Lay03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Port Heiden04 / 22 / 2010 04 / 22 / 20102
2010Alaska - Quinhagak02 / 20 / 2010 02 / 20 / 20102
2010Alaska - Savoonga05 / 04 / 2010 05 / 04 / 20102
2010Alaska - Seward Peninsula04 / 21 / 2010 04 / 21 / 20102
2010Alaska - Sleetmute03 / 07 / 2010 03 / 07 / 20102
2010Alaska - Tanana03 / 01 / 2010 03 / 02 / 20102
2010Alaska - Toksook Bay02 / 26 / 2010 02 / 26 / 20102
2010Alaska - Tuntutuliak02 / 21 / 2010 02 / 21 / 20102
2010Alaska - Tununak02 / 26 / 2010 02 / 26 / 20102
2010Alaska - Unalakleet04 / 27 / 2010 04 / 27 / 20102
2010Alaska - Utqiaġvik (Barrow)04 / 05 / 2010 04 / 09 / 20102
2010Alaska - Wainwright04 / 22 / 2010 04 / 22 / 20102
2010Alaska - Wales02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2010Canada - Old Crow2
2010Canada - Pelly Bay02 / 24 / 2010 02 / 25 / 20102
2011Alaska - Little Diomede Island04 / 01 / 2011 04 / 03 / 20111
2013Russia - Yakutsk11 / 15 / 2013 12 / 15 / 20132
2014Russia - Chukotka03 / 15 / 2014 03 / 31 / 20143
2014Russia - Yakutsk01 / 01 / 2014 08 / 31 / 20143
 


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