NASA’s Field Campaign Investigates Arctic North American Ecosystems

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Sampling charred soils in Saskatchewan, outfitting robins with GPS backpacks in Alberta, and measuring the growth rates of trees in northern Alaska – scientists with a decade-long NASA project are in the field this summer to study the impacts of a rapidly warming climate.

The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE campaign, which started field work in Alaska and northwestern Canada this spring, continues this month with more research into the region’s changing forests, carbon cycle, thawing permafrost, shifting wildlife habitat and more.

“There are people scattering to the four winds, measuring all sorts of things – the impact of wildfires on the carbon cycle, the structure and health of boreal forests, and depth of permafrost thaw,” said Scott Goetz, ABoVE science team lead and deputy director at Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. While the locations and types of measurements vary, the work is all part of a…

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