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Climate change in the Arctic and Boreal region is unfolding faster than anywhere else on Earth, resulting in reduced Arctic sea ice, thawing of permafrost soils, decomposition of long- frozen organic matter, widespread changes to lakes, rivers, coastlines, and alterations of ecosystem structure and function. NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program is in the process of planning a major field campaign, the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), which will take place in Alaska and western Canada during the next 5 to 8 years. ABoVE will seek a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to this changing environment.


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Where Are We Now?

  • ABoVE Timeline
  • The ABoVE Science Definition Team is currently preparing a concise experiment plan which will serve to guide NASA's solicitation for the ABoVE science team in 2014. The fourth face to face meeting was held in Lanham, Maryland February 2014.
  • In July 2013 a team from the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office travelled to Fairbanks, Toolik Lake and Barrow, Alaska evaluating existing site infrastructure and logistics support resources. Overview
  • In late August 2013, the second phase of site visits took place in Yukon and The Northwest Territories. The group visited a series of research stations and had a wide range of meetings with local government, native tribal leadership, and research entities. Overview