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Field Blogs

  • Peel River 2019, Canada 4th Weekly Report July 14, 2019

    Our fourth week started out with two days of hard slogging, carrying boats and sampling and camping gear five km around Aberdeen Canyon. The trail was often a knee-deep muddy track between hummocks. Despite our packing as light as possible, it took us multiple trips to get everything portaged...

  • Peel River- 5th Weekly Report, August 4, 2019

    During our fifth week, we followed the Peel River on its way through great walls of loose sedimentary rock and out onto the Peel Plateau, where our river journey ended on August 2, 2019 at the Fort McPherson ferry crossing. Bill and Niek had driven the Klondike and Dempster highways from Whitehorse to re-sample all of our sites...

  • Peel River- 3rd Weekly Report July 21, 2019

    The third week began with a drive up from Whitehorse with new participants:  Bobbi Rose Koe of the Tetlit Gwich’in First Nation, Jody Overduin (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Yukon Chapter) and Kirsi Keskitalo (VU Amsterdam). We reached the Ogilvie River and met up with the canoe crew, who had hiked...

  • Komakuk Summer Expedition 2019

    The terrestrial Permafrost team has arrived in Inuvik on Tuesday the 29th of July. Preparations for the Komakuk Summer Expedition 2019 are progressing fast. Tents, camping equipment, soil and water sampling equipment and other scientific gear is being checked and inventoried...

  • Herschel Island Expedition 2019 – Blog Post 3

    We are aware that weather conditions may change rapidly in the Arctic. However, even the experienced polar scientists were fascinated by the fast changes we observed yesterday in the evening, as the signs of the upcoming storm covered the sky towards...

  • Herschel Island Expedition 2019 – Blog Post 2

    A glorious week of sunshine, low winds and calm waters have allowed us to ease into island lifestyle, become familiar with camp and start our sampling campaigns. Within three days of being on the island, the AWI zodiac ‘Christine’...

  • Herschel Island Expedition 2019 – Blog Post 1

    Several thousand kilometers and a few hiccups later, we are happy to announce that the Herschel Island summer expedition team of 2019 arrived safely in Inuvik on Monday 22nd July.

  • Peel River- 2nd Weekly Report July 14, 2019

    After leaving the boat crew on the Blackstone River, Frederieke and Paul drove north along the Dempster Highway to sample rivers flowing into the Peel River and to reach Fort McPherson, where a Canadian research group is...

  • Peel River- 1st Weekly Report July 7, 2019

    Frederieke Miesner (AWI Potsdam), Paul Overduin (AWI Potsdam), Maria Peter (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) and Torsten Sachs (GeoResearch CenterPotsdam, GFZ) flew to Whitehorse, Canada...

  • Sampling from Helicopter in the western Mackenzie Delta (second Nunataryuk/WP4 expedition)

    After long preparations, the expedition team finally arrived in Inuvik and begun to set up and test all the scientific gear for the field sampling and instruments in the laboratory at the Aurora Research Institute (ARI)...

  • Kickoff to the second Nunataryuk/WP4 expedition in the Mackenzie Delta (led by CNRS/Takuvik)

    The Nunataryuk/WP4 Coastal Waters team started their second expedition in the Mackenzie delta on 17 June 2019. This expedition is being conducted as one of the four expeditions focused on exploring the seasonality of organic matter... 

  • Yukon Coast 2019 – Wrapping up

    This week we finished our field campaign, prepared our departure from Herschel Island and flew back to Inuvik. George, Jan and Peter retrieved some last sea water samples from close to the coast. . This was done by by drilling a hole...

  • Yukon Coast 2019 – In full flow

    For the second half of our expedition, the composition of our team has changed somewhat. Andreas Richter and Louis-Philippe Roy left on April 25, and Hugues Lantuit came in instead. This change had been coordinated with the rangers’ crew change flight...

  • Yukon Coast 2019 – Starting field work – struggles and successes

    Last week everything went according to our meticulously prepared plan. This week the reality of doing field work in remote places of the Arctic gripped us. Open water north of Herschel Island is creating persistent fog and low clouds...

  • Science serendipity - Successful First Expedition for the WP4 team

    The Takuvik-AWI team successfully completed the first WP4 expedition. A fortunate stroke of serendipity? Undeniably. But beyond that, the expedition boasted an unbelievable streak of sunny days and a hard-working and seasoned team...

  • First Days of the First Takuvik Expedition - a different kind of Easter hunt!

    The countdown before the ultimate lift off has begun. Six team mates. Five airplane take-offs and landings. Four pieces of luggage each. Three different nationalities. Two days of travelling. One unifying goal...

  • Yukon Coast 2019 Spring - Arriving to field

    Up here in the North, the spring field season has started and we are busy preparing the Nunataryuk Expedition Yukon Coast 2019 Spring. On April 9, 2019, we started our journey from Potsdam (Jan, Jule)

  • The Takuvik gear is on the move!

    The gear is on the move! After a rushed session of box filling, stacking, identifying, enumerating and wrapping, the scientific gear for the 4 expeditions linked to the Nunataryuk WP4 “Coastal Waters” project is finally on the move.

  • Nunataryuk field visit to Ilulissat and Qeqertarsuaq in Disco Bay, Greenland

    The purpose of the Nunataryuk field visit to Ilulissat and Qeqertarsuaq in Greenland was to host local consultations and start conducting interviews with key stakeholder on the topics of coastal community planning...

  • A tour of Northwest Territories communities by the Takuvik team at Université Laval and partner from ISMER in Canada

    In February 2019, members of the Nunataryuk WP4 “Coastal Waters” team conduct a tour of the Northwest Territories communities involved in the field campaigns planned this year: Inuvik, Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk in Canada.

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