The Polaris Project
The Polaris Project is an innovative international collaboration among students, teachers, and scientists. Funded by the National Science Foundation since 2008, the Polaris Project trains future leaders in arctic research and informs the public about the Arctic and global climate change. During the annual month-long field expedition to the Siberian Arctic, undergraduate students conduct cutting-edge investigations that advance scientific understanding of the changing Arctic. This website highlights those investigations and conveys the excitement and importance of environmental research in the Arctic.
The core faculty (Sue, John, Paul, myself) have worked to come up with a reading list… for all the new students that will be travelling to Cherskiy in July. It’s organized around the science themes we pursue while there and reflects a mix of really big picture ideas – say restoring the mammoth tundra steppe - to the nitty-gritty details of measuring forests and streams.
- By Andy Bunn
- April 23, 2013
A major goal this year on the terrestrial side of things is to quantify all things carbon (and more!) for the watershed of a small stream known as Y4, located a short walk from the Northeast Science Station.
- By Mike Loranty
- April 17, 2013
With a small but international group we will spearhead this summer’s Polaris Project with the first expedition to Cherskiy (June 14 through July 9).
- By Jorien Vonk
- April 11, 2013
The main topic of our research is investigation of frozen sediments at the lower Kolyma area: its composition, genesis, physical properties and thermal state. We will do a lot of drilling, digging, sampling and a little bit of scientific research afterwards.
- By Alexander Kholodov
- April 02, 2013