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Barrow, Alaska - Research Project
CO2 Flux in the Alaskan Arctic, Northern Alaska
25 June - 28 July 2004


In order to understand the role of the Arctic biome in the global carbon cycle, a team of scientists from San Diego State University, California State University, University of Montana, and University of Alaska Fairbanks are traveling to northern Alaska to investigate the CO2 cycle in tundra ecosystems.
The team will undertake field work around Barrow, Atqasuk, and Ivotuk, measuring and recording CO2 exchange and energy balance data, including wind speed and temperature, soil moisture and temperature, water table depth and "active layer" depth. Atmospheric data will be collected with instruments called eddy covariance towers (pictured on top of page) that measure flows of air constituents such as water vapor, CO2, and heat. These data will allow scientists to assess global carbon cycle models and will provide clues into how the Arctic fits into global change.

Global Change Research Group at San Diego State University: Click here for more information on the activities of the lead research group for Misty’s project.

Meet the Teacher:
Misty Nikula-OhlsenMisty Nikula-Ohlsen teaches middle school math and science at Whatcom Day Academy in Bellingham, Washington. Misty worked as a chemical engineer and has participated in research education programs such as REVEL (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) and TEA (Teachers Experiencing the Antarctica and the Arctic). Misty anticipates that TREC will be a direct link for her classroom to the realm of real world science and is eager to enhance that link. Misty also hopes to gain personal and professional enrichment and make a contribution to the body of scientific knowledge.
Meet the Researchers:
Hyojung Kwon Hyojung Kwon is a biology doctoral student at San Diego State University. Hyojung's Arctic CO2 research is connected with TREC as well as an educational program called PISCES (Partnerships involving the Scientific Community and Elementary Schools), where teachers use the data collected from the project in their classrooms. Hyojung is excited that TREC will give Misty the opportunity to get involved in cutting-edge science and become immersed in the science process. She hopes to create a close bond between San Diego State University and Whatcom Day Academy.
Dr. Oechel's background information is available at:
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/GCRG/personnel/oechel/oechel.html#Background

Hyojung KwonDr. Walter Oechel practices global ecosystem research at San Diego State University. He is the director of the SDSU’s Global Change Research Group and the principal investigator of the research project in which Misty will be participating. Dr. Oechel and the GCRG is active in K-12 and undergraduate education through a variety of programs, grants, and activities.

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