(click on a person to see their bio and a list of their videos)
Glaciologiist, Professor at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Research Geophysicist, Cold Regions Research Engineering Lab, Hanover, NH
Research Physical Scientist conducing wide-ranging geophysical studies on snow in high latittudes
President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association
Area Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Fish and Game, North Slope
Polar Bear expert, Research Wildlife Biologist, US Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK
Dr. Hajo Eicken
Dr. Hajo Eicken is Professor at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Before joining the University of Alaska, Dr. Eicken was a senior scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute where he was the head of a research group for sea ice physics and remote sensing. Dr. Eicken's research interests include studies of the growth, evolution, and properties of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is particularly interested in determining how microscopic and macroscopic properties affect larger-scale sea-ice processes and its role in the climate system. In Alaska, Dr. Eicken has spent time on the ice to learn more about the different uses of the sea ice environment and its role in polar ecosystems.
Hajo Eicken explains what's so fascinating about sea ice. He also talks about the wonderful collaboration of scientists in the study of sea ice. One great story here on his experience with polar bears feeding on beluga.
Hajo Eicken studies ice changes in different parts of the Arctic over decades
. He studies how expansive ice is, how thick it is and how good it is at reflecting light (its albedo). He also relates his studies to how Native people are using the ice.
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You can find more webcam and radar pages at the following website:
ICE OBSERVATORY WEB CAMS IN ALASKA
Also, if you visit http://www.youtube.com/AlaskaSeeIce you'll find raw videos of activities that are part of a sea ice handbook (which has a DVD with high-quality videos, animations and other resources: http://www.amazon.com/Field-Techniques-Sea-Ice-Research/dp/1602230595/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2 ).
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Here are some interesting Arctic ice links, still images and webcams:
(1) Ice radar at Barrow:
At the bottom of this page are links to animations showing interesting ice
deformation events (the top of the page has the current and last day's data)
Animations for all the years of Barrow and Wales/Bering Strait data are at:
(2) Web cams at Barrow and Wales:
At the bottom of these pages are movies of the ice year (1 image per day) for
the years for which we have observations, these are very nice to look at and
give a good idea of the ice year.
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Dr. Matthew Sturm
Research Physical Scientist
Dr. Sturm is responsible for conducting wide-ranging geophysical studies on snow in high latitudes. His work has taken him from the Antarctic to the Arctic, and he has been the leader of more than 30 expeditions in winter in pursuit of his science. He is based at the Alaska Office in Fairbanks, but collaborates with a wide range of scientists both at CRREL and elsewhere. His most recent work focuses on the role of snow cover on climate, with particular attention to snow ecology, and climate change resulting from snow-vegetation interactions.
Matthew Sturm talks about the importance of studying the Arctic and how it is connected to the rest of the world
Matthew Sturm talks about the contradictions, the complexities of the Arctic
Matthew Sturm, ice and snow expert from Fairbanks, Alaska, talks about his love of the Arctic
Matthew Sturm, ice and snow expert from Fairbanks, Alaska, talks about his long scientific trips across the Arctic on snowmachines.
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Dr Don Perovich
Dr Don Perovich is a Research Geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover NH and is an Adjunct Professor in the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. His primary research interest is understanding the role of sea ice in the global climate system, with an emphasis on the heat budget of sea ice and the ice albedo feedback. He has participated in numerous Arctic field experiments including serving as the Chief Scientist of field campaigns studying the electromagnetic properties of sea ice (EMPOSI) and the surface heat budget of the Arctic (SHEBA).
"Imagine what it would be like to walk on a frozen ocean, a vast beautiful wasteland..." Don talks of tipping points, "ice albedo feedback," and the roll of clouds in the loss of sea ice.
And how is the reduction of sea ice affecting human behavior? Don addresses the big issues of climate change in the Arctic.
Don says, "It's the perennial presence of ice...."
Here Don talks about his love of the Arctic, the place and the people he works with.
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Dr. Steven Amstrup
Research Wildlife Biologist
Dr. Steven Amstrup talks about polar bears & the retreating ice due to climate change. Dr. Amstrup is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK. He led the international team of researchers which prepared 9 reports that became the basis for the recent decision, by the Secretary of Interior, to list polar bears as a threatened species.
The single biggest threat to polar bears is decline to their habitat that's likely to occur because of Global Warming
Alaska's foremost polar bear expert talks about the effect of the retreating ice on bears
Research Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Science Center, USGS, Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Amstrup talks about Polar Bear science and managing bears as the pole warms up and the ice retreats.
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Inupiaq Elder & Whaling Captain
Inupiaq Eskimo elder and whaling captain Eugene Brower knows the ice in the Chukchi Sea off Barrow, Alaska, through many thousands of hours hunting the bowhead whale. Out there, he has seen some amazing things.
Iñupiaq elder, whaling captain, and President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, Eugene Brower speaks about breaking trails to the open water during the spring bowhead whale hunt and finding whales
As a young boy Iñupiaq Eskimo elder Eugene Brower from Barrow, Alaska, moved up the ranks to Harpooner and finally to whaling captain. On a Sunday in March 2009, he took some time out to talk about whaling
Iñupiaq elder and whaling captain Eugene Brower from Barrow, Alaska, tells an amazing polar bear story, something he saw with his father, Harry Brower, Sr. (1924-1992), out on the ice.
Iñupiaq Eskimo elder Eugene Brower talks about confronting a massive rogue walrus out on the ice while hunting whales, Barrow, Alaska
Eugene's father was Harry Brower, Sr. (1924-1992), out on the ice.