1a. Taking Notes on the Tundra

1a. Taking Notes on the Tundra
Uploaded by Kevin Rawlings on 28 Nov 2016 in Thornhill

Winner From July 2015 to August 2016, I was the operator of the Dr. Neil Trivett Global Atmosphere Watch Observatory in Alert, Nunavut. Among the many scientific studies enabled by the observatory, we oversee a permafrost monitoring program on behalf of the Geological Survey of Canada. The GSC's program in Alert, ongoing since 1979, consists of five boreholes, each of which has a series of temperature sensors at various depths below the ground's surface. Also included in the data collected are measurements of snow depths and coverage. Once a month, we travel out to the monitoring sites to take measurements, which - owing to the extreme cold in Alert most months of the year - are still recorded with pencil and paper. In this photo, assistant operator Dana Stephenson sits on the tundra and records the data for site #2.

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