Science

Much of the science discussed/recounted at the website arcticstories.net is about multi-phase atmospheric chemistry that is photochemical in nature and thus begins in the early spring (~February) at polar sunrise.  

In 2009 when arcticstories.net began, there was a large field campaign that was part of the collaborative project OASIS (Ocean-Atmosphere-Sea Ice-Snowpack) that aimed to better understand the complex photochemistry that can initiate in sunlit snowpacks/sea that converts chloride, bromide, and iodide from sea salt into molecular halogens that then evade from the surface to the atmosphere, where they photolyze to initiate complex photochemistry that destroys ozone and elemental mercury.  

There were collaborators from 13 different international institutions collaborating at Utqiagvik.  While the Science topic page covers some of OASIS2009, it also includes interviews of scientists who study local archaeology, bowhead whales, polar bears, sea ice, snowpack, atmospheric aerosols and climate, and Arctic birds, among other topics.  There is a long history of science that has occurred at “Barrow,” going back to the NARL facility in the 1960s in the middle of the Cold War.  We tried to cover as much as we could on the Science topic page, with considerable overlap with the others.