INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC RESEARCH CENTER — UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

Field Safety

IARC-led NABOS II 2015 expedition team installs an ice mass balance buoy and drills holes in the ice for an ice-tethered profiler and buoys in the East Siberian Sea. (E. Ershova)Remote travel to conduct field research can be challenging in many ways. Adverse situations in the field may be difficult to overcome for lack of planning.

Any remote trip to the field should include developing a Remote Travel Emergency Plan, performing Hazard Assessments of the research tasks performed, and completing any requisite safety training prior to departure.

Learn more about planning for field research

Important field safety documents

Find more field safety information on the UAF Research website.

UAF DRAW field safety courses

Working in the field has a unique set of challenges and risks. UAF Outdoor Adventures staff recognizes those hazards and has worked with researchers on campus to design courses that will give you the tools, tips and tricks to help mitigate some of the risk associated with field work. Current course offerings:

  • Field Safety 101
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
  • Remote Worker Water Safety
  • Aviation Safety (fixed wing and helicopter safety)
  • Learn more about these courses, dates offered, and fees