REU Workshop: Understanding the Arctic as a System

Friday, August 4 | 1:30-4:00pm, 401 Akasofu

Responding to needs in innovative research and education for understanding high-latitude rapid climate change, UAF researchers established a new REU (=Research Experience for Undergraduates) NSF-funded site, aiming to attract more undergraduates to arctic sciences. The goals, which are to disseminate new knowledge at the frontiers of polar science and to ignite the enthusiasm of the undergraduates about the Arctic, have been pursued through a summer research experience for undergraduates during.  For the past two months, the first group of eight students has been involved in research and educational projects with their mentors using the available on-campus diverse capabilities. The projects have addressed a wide range of components of the Arctic system.  The workshop will include reports from the students on the work they have done. Everyone is invited to attend and provide feedback.

1:30-1:35 Introduction, goals of the program, Vladimir Alexeev, John Walsh

1:35-1:50 Spatio-Temporal Variations of Firn Properties on the Western Greenland Ice Sheet, Giovanni Corti

1:50-2:05 Hemispheric Asymmetry of Global Warming Explained by a Conceptual Model, Christoph Funke

2:05-2:20 Remotely sensing lake water volumes on the Inner Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska, Claire Simpson

2:20 – 2:35 Drivers of Surface Moisture Flux Variations in Northern Terrestrial Regions, Ross Fischer

2:35-2:40 Break

2:40 – 2:55 Terrestrial Ecology: Peatland Ecosystems, Jamie Ramsey

2:55-3:10 Investigating the role of wind in generating surface currents over the slope area of the Laptev Sea, Arctic Ocean, Rachel Patteson.

3:10– 3:25 Understanding the Complexities of Communicating Management Decisions on the Subsistence Use of Yukon River Salmon, Jill Brooks

3:40-3:55 Permafrost Sensitivity to Moisture Budget Changes, Austin Dabbs