BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Sarah Evans, assistant professor in the Appalachian State Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, and her research team will be featured in the upcoming "Live from the Arctic: The Frozen Tundra" webinar on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 1 p.m. The event, held in the Arctic for the first time, is hosted by the NSF's Office of Polar Programs.
Did you know that much of the water in Alaska is not above ground, but frozen in the ground under your feet? However, as air temperatures rise with climate change, this frozen ground known as permafrost is thawing. This causes land and buildings to collapse and also changes how water flows.
How do you even study water that is underground, if you can’t see it? Using a novel blend of field measurements, satellite data and mathematical models, scientists are trying to piece together how water is changing in the warming Arctic. They do so by spending their summers collecting measurements on the hills around the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska.
Join Evans and her team live from the Toolik Field Station, as they explore how the water cycle in the Arctic is changing. They'll provide a quick tour of their research lab, talk about what it’s like to do science in a remote region of the tundra and answer attendee questions about their work.
The webinar will feature the following collaborators involved in Evans' project:
Noah Caldwell, senior geology major from Charlotte
Dr. Sarah Godsey, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University
Rachel Harris, junior environmental science major from Raleigh
Brandon Yokeley '19, graduate student at Idaho State University
For more information about the event, visit nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=307399&org=OPP.
About the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Located in Western North Carolina, Appalachian State University provides the perfect setting to study geological and environmental sciences. The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences provides students with a solid foundation on which to prepare for graduate school or build successful careers as scientists, consultants and secondary education teachers. The department offers six degree options in geology and two degree options in environmental science. Learn more at https://earth.appstate.edu.