History of Research: Arctic Long Term Ecological Research Site (Arctic LTER)

Arctic LTER Website – By the summer of 1996, researchers from 39 states of the US and over 25 foreign countries have completed environmental research of some kind in the Upper Kuparuk/Toolik Lake region, producing well over 300 publications and books, which may be included in a future Toolik bibliography in this atlas. Summer occupancy of the Toolik Field Station had increased from a few hundred person-days in 1975 to well over 3000 per year throughout the 1990s. Although the Station now has beds for only about 40 scientists, through most of July each summer there are typically 50- 60 scientists working there. The addition of three new, modern laboratory buildings in 1995 is expected to lead to even further increases in research in the future.

As a result of its extensive background of research, the Upper Kuparuk/Toolik Lake region is now one of the most thoroughly- studied sites within the Arctic region, which makes it even more attractive as a base for new research programs.  Website includes sections on research components (lakes, rivers and streams, and others), data, education and schoolyard, bibliography, personnel, and links to other LTER sites.

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