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Diaries from the field

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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.

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...

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...

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