GEOG researchers do fieldwork in Alaskan tundra as part of NASA's Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
In August 2016, Dr.Tatiana Loboda and PhD student Dong Chen in collaboration with Liza Jenkins of the Michigan Technological Research Institute spent sixteen days in the remote wilderness of Alaskan tundra collecting field observations of wildfire impact on this sensitive ecosystem. The researchers navigated over 100 miles of the Noatak River and bushwhacked nearly 35 miles of wilderness to collect their data. This project is funded by NASA as part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign that aims to link field, airborne, and satellite observations of changes in the high northern latitudes of North America to study on-going modifications of ecosystem functioning and vulnerability of the region to climate change. This was the first of the three planned field seasons in Alaskan tundra; next year the researchers plan to explore extreme fire events in the tundra of the Seward Peninsula. You can read more about this work here.