Alessio Gusmeroli, Christopher Arp, and Benjamin Jones set out on March 1st, 2013 for a 400 mile research expedition from Toolik Field Station (68° N) to the Colville River delta (70° N) in arctic Alaska. The research team used snowmobiles to travel between different sites to observe lake-ice conditions on some of the many lakes in northern Alaska. During much of the 7-day field campaign, windchill temperatures approached -60° F (-50° C).

The research team is studying arctic lakes in response to a recently documented changes in arctic lake temperatures. Changes in lake temperatures may cause significant changes in the aquatic habitat, a critical component of the Arctic terrestrial food chain. The measurements they conducted will also be used to improve satellite imagery for the region.

The research team, composed of Alessio Gusmeroli, from the Alaska Climate Science Center and the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Christopher Arp, from the UAF Water and Environmental Research Center, and Benjamin Jones from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) produced this outreach documentary to share the research activities and environmental conditions that Arctic scientists often face while studying winter processes.

You can learn more about research on arctic lake regime shifts here:

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