Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Scientific Frontiers Logo
TV Schedule
Alan Alda
For Educators
Previous Shows
Future Shows
Special Features

Hot Times in Alaska


The Friends of Cooper Island
This website has updates on George Divoky's work with the guillemots he's studied since 1972. Learn more about this bird colony or read articles that describe what it's like to be a scientist living alone on an isolated barrier island in the Arctic.

NOAA Arctic Exploration
Fifty scientists came together in summer 2002 to explore the Canadian Basin of the Arctic Ocean. Check out their logs and pictures to find out what they learned about the physical properties of the icy environment and the creatures that live there.

International Arctic Research Center
Based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the IARC has scientists examining all facets of the arctic. Click on IARC Information to check out the specifics of some of their projects. Climate modeler John Walsh is based here.

National Snow and Ice Data Center
This webpage has information about the cryosphere, "where the world is frozen." Learn all about arctic climatology and meteorology, as well as cryosphere features like glaciers, permafrost and snow.

Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research
Headed by Gunter Weller, this group is based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Check out the kinds of projects their students are doing.

Snow, Ice and Permafrost Group
This is the University of Alaska Fairbanks home to Keith Echelmeyer, By Valentine and Anthony Arendt, the scientists carrying out the airborne laser altimetry measurements of glaciers. Vladimir Romanovsky, who studies permafrost by examining boreholes, is also part of this group. Check out more about these projects and others their colleagues are working on. Oil

Boreholes Hold the Permafrost Record
Read an "Alaska Science Forum" article about the early creation of the boreholes Vladimir Romanovsky uses to study changes in the permafrost in Alaska's North Slope.

Permafrost Tunnel
This page tells all about a tunnel drilled deep into the permafrost by the U.S. Army back in the 1960s. Learn why the military was interested then, and what the tunnel teaches scientists today.

Nutrient Cycles in Alaskan Tundra
Find out more about the carbon balance in the arctic and how a changing climate is affecting the system.

Formerly Frosty Footing Causes Drunken Forests
Read an article from "Alaska Science Forum" about how drunken forests are created when the permafrost they grow on starts to thaw.

Permafrost, Ponds, and Climate
Click on this title to read an in depth article about Brian Riordan's work using digital images dating back decades to map how climate warming has affected Alaska's wetlands.

Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Site
This is where Glenn Juday studies the changes occurring in Alaska's boreal forest. Find out more about the variety of projects on changing climate and disturbed forests that researchers are carrying out here.

Climate Change Impacts on Alaska Forests
Check out this page from the U.S. Global Change Research Program for a government assessment of what warming means for Alaska's forests.

Arctic Ground Squirrels
Find out more about the behavior and characteristics of these tundra-dwelling mammals.

Global Warning/ Arctic Tundra
Read an Audubon Magazine article about scientists tracking the climate warming in Alaska.

Walt Oechel's webpage
This site has a brief description of Dr. Oechel's work on the carbon cycle in the arctic, and has citations for many of his scientific papers.

Ultima Thule Lodge
This remote lodge in the Wrangell Mountains is the base camp for the flights that use laser altimetry to measure glaciers.

return to show page


Show credits
© 1990-2004 The Chedd-Angier Production Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

Alaska: Canary in the Coal Mine The Heat is On Squirrels in Decline The Trouble With Shrubs Teaching guide Watch Online Web links & more Contact Search Homepage