ABR completes first field season on YK Delta for NASA ABoVE study

This July, a field team led by ABR Senior Scientist Gerald "JJ" Frost completed the first field season for a multi-disciplinary study of environmental change on the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta, western Alaska.This study is funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) and integrates information from the satellite record, a network of long-term ecological field plots, and traditional ecological knowledge contributed by Y-K Delta residents to understand the biophysical drivers and ecosystem impacts of environmental change on the YK.

   

JJ, Torre Jorgenson (Alaska Ecoscience and formerly ABR), and Matthew Whitley (UAF grad student) worked out of two field camps south of the village of Chevak to gather field data for vegetation, soils, and permafrost.

JJ Frost conducting surveys   

 In 2017, ABR scientists will continue field work at sites on the Yukon River Delta and in areas of tundra that burned during the exceptional fire season of 2015.

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"