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“Field Notes”: Monthly Newsletter Focuses on Current Research in Circumpolar North

by admin ~ April 24th, 2008

Keep track of polar field service activities through the newsletter of the National Science Foundation’s arctic logistics contractor: VECO Polar Resources (VPR). Involved in over 100 research projects in Canada, Greenland, and the Circumpolar North, VPR provides transportation, field equipment, camp management, and safety training for field researchers through a global network of service providers. Their monthly newsletter provides updates on research projects administered through the NSF Arctic Sciences Division in the Office of Polar Programs, and other projects.

Included in April 2008 Issue (PDF):

  • Learn how Shari Gearheard, a research scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDIC), is combining the rich ecological knowledge of the Inuit with scientific investigations to better understand just how the sea ice in three arctic communities is changing.
  • Read about how Fairbanks residents celebrated their frozen habitat last month with their annual Winter Carnival. The festivities showcased the World Ice Art Championships, which began late in February and whose many sculptures were on display in town through March.
  • Find out how “Expeditionary artist” Maria Coryell-Martin is developing a portfolio of work for her IPY project, Portraits of Ice, Witnessing Climate Change through Art. Coryell-Martin is a member of the Polar Artists Group and The Explorers Club and values experiencing out-of-the-way places through art.

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