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ALISON (Image 2)

June 24, 2010
ALISON (Image 2) Elementary school students from Wales Kingikmiut School in the Kingikmiut Village of Wales are participating in the ALISON (Alaska Lake Ice and Snow Observatory Network) program, a science education and scientific research partnership between the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the K-12 education community in Alaska. The students set up an observatory at Puvragik Lake ("The Swimming Place"), where they learned how to measure snow depth and temperature and how to take snow samples which they inside and subsequently weighed and their density determined. Measurements taken at the observatory will be used for numerical modeling to simulate the variability of lake ice growth and decay at the present time and during the period of meteorological record in the different climate zones of Alaska, and to understand the factors responsible for that variability in order to predict the response of the ice to future climate change. The village of Wales is located on the western tip of the Seward Peninsula on the Bering Strait at 65° 37.436'North, 168° 5.950'West. The Puvragik Lake observatory is the westernmost ALISON site in Alaska. It is located about a quarter mile north of Kingikmiut Village of Wales. Some local residents use the lake to cut ice for fresh water. The lake is shallow along the edges and deep enough in the middle to land a single engine float plane. This research was supported by National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs grant OPP 03-26631. (Date of Image: March 2004) [One of 8 related images. See Next Image.]

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