Update

Now Archived! PolarConnect event with Allyson and the Permafrost and Community Team from the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday, 28 February 2019. You can access this and other events on the PolarConnect Archives site.

What Are They Doing?

The team just arrived to Point Barrow and learned about the area and the protocol for the day. Photo by Elizabeth Eubanks.
The team just arrived to Point Barrow and learned about the area and the protocol for the day. Photo by Elizabeth Eubanks.
Alaska’s land, water, plants, wildlife, and seasons are undergoing a great upheaval, and its people, especially the tribal communities living in remote villages are directly and severely impacted by these changes. The project will provide the traditionally-underserved tribal communities of the Upper Kuskokwim region the motivation, resources, climate science knowledge and skills to study the impact of climate change on their tribal way of life and environment.

The project will establish local climate and permafrost observation system and map land cover and permafrost in the Upper Kuskokwim region. It will also develop a geo-hazard map for the region to facilitate safe subsistence and recreational practices and land use. The data, knowledge, and skills gained through this project will benefit the tribal communities in implementation of safe land use practices, and planning for the future.

Where Are They?

The team will fly to the remote villages and then travel by hiking, on a ATV, and by boat. Telida is an Upper Kuskokwim Athabascan village. Telida is located on the south side of the Swift Fork (McKinley Fork) of the Kuskokwim River, about 50 miles northeast of Medfra. Nikolai is also an Upper Kuskokwim Athabascan village. Eighty-one percent of the population is Alaska Native or part Native. Nikolai’s tribal members are active in subsistence food-gathering. Learn more at Alaska’s Upper Kuskokwim River Region’s website

Latest Journals

Update: What have I been up to since Alaska? It’s been a few weeks since I returned from Alaska, so I thought I’d check in and let everybody know what I’ve been up to. It’s all good things, but there are a lot of them! First off, I returned to my office at OMSI (the science museum in Portland…
...is this your first visit to my journal? Start on Day 1! Archive stored here: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/permafrost-and-community Today was my last day in Nikolai! We had originally planned to stay through tomorrow, but with the cancelled trip to Telida, folks wanted to head back…
...is this your first visit to my journal? Start on Day 1! Archive stored here: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/permafrost-and-community Luck has not been our friend this trip. Yesterday was the last day we could have made it to Telida and had enough time to do our field work, and it was…
...is this your first visit to my journal? Start on Day 1! Archive stored here: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/permafrost-and-community You know, I promised myself before I left that I would journal every day I was here, but some days you’re just frustrated. We aren’t going to make it to…
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Location
Villages of Telida and Nikolai, Interior Alaska
Project Funded Title
Community based permafrost and climate monitoring in rural Alaska.
Allyson Woodard - Educator
Educator
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Allyson is an exhibit developer, photographer, and multimedia producer who lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She and the OMSI exhibits team recently completed Under the Arctic: Digging Into Permafrost, an NSF-funded traveling exhibition that explores permafrost thaw due to climate change. She has previously traveled to Alaska to research and produce content for the exhibition, and during these trips she fell in love with the Arctic in a big way. She is delighted to have another opportunity to learn from permafrost experts and record their stories.

Allyson has master's degrees in multimedia journalism and environmental studies.

Santosh Panda - Researcher
Researcher
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alexander Kholodov - Researcher
Researcher
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Permafrost and Community Resources

Educator Allyson Woodard and the Permafrost & Community Team discuss permafrost and how members of the community of Telida are helping to collect data to study the science of permafrost in their Alaskan village. This presentation was broadcast live from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon on 28 March 2019.

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The PolarTREC Experience

PolarTREC, funded by ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States) and NSF (the National Science Foundation), brings educators to Polar Regions for immersive field work with researchers.

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