Arctic Archaeology During Covid (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. Jensen collaborates with geologists, engineers, and other experts to understand permafrost degradation and its implications for ongoing engineering projects. She emphasizes that the engineering community in Alaska often underestimates the challenges posed by permafrost degradation. The effects of changes in the permafrost on infrastructure are significant and not well understood. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to her work, particularly in conducting interviews in remote villages. The pandemic also restricted travel, and some institutions prevented fieldwork in inhabited areas. However, Anne expresses that they are now beginning to regain momentum in Arctic research and fieldwork activities.