In March, two dozen scientists travelled to Barrow, Alaska, as part of an International Polar Year research project to study the atmospheric chemistry of a changing Arctic climate. Photographer Spencer Brown spent a week documenting their trip. Flash version requires Flash Player
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Relatively frequent commercial flights into Barrow (pop. 4,000), the northernmost town in the United States, make it a logical jumping off point for Arctic research. This is the second-most northerly playground in the U.S. -- only losing out on the superlative to the one a mile up the road.