This spring students from Penn State University, Purdue University, and the University of Michigan have been braving high winds, low temperatures, and other challenges of the Arctic conditions to study the rapidly changing region! We are studying trace gases released from the Arctic snowpack and atmospheric turbulence that carries these gases aloft. Evidence of climate change cannot be missed in Barrow, Alaska where large cracks in the ice over the nearby ocean and snow melting early this year. Here is a photo of our flux tower bathed in the lights of the Aurora Borealis!

Prof. Kerri Pratt (University of Michigan), Prof. Jose D Fuentes (Penn State University), and Prof. Paul Shepson (Purdue University)

Photo credit: Kerri Pratt