Remote Field Sites

CPS supports several semi-permanent field sites in Alaska.

Imnavait Creek: Alaska research site on the north side of the Brooks Range, in the Kuparuk River basin, at Milepost 290 on the Dalton Highway.

Instruments for an Arctic Observing Network experiment led by Gus Shaver run at a mid-slope Tussock site at Imnavait Creek. Photo: Tracy Dahl

Instruments for an Arctic Observing Network experiment led by Gus Shaver run at a mid-slope Tussock site at Imnavait Creek. Photo: Tracy Dahl

  • Land ownership: Public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Science space: See Toolik Field Station for research facilities.
  • Housing: Housing may be available at Toolik Field Station, six miles to the west, or in Prudhoe Bay, 120 miles to the north.
  • Power available: Several NSF projects operate at this location using discreet autonomous power systems. There is currently no central power system to tie in to; however, CPS can offer standard or custom power and communications for any scale of project.
  • Communications available: Several projects use a broadband satellite connection and local wireless network. Access to communications is dependent upon project location and bandwidth requirements.
  • Boardwalk: CPS maintains 2000 feet of common-use boardwalk in the vicinity, accessing funded science projects.
  • Access: Accessible via the Dalton Highway (trucks in summer, snowmachines in winter); parking available.
  • Medical services: Remote medical call-in services and first-aid kits available from CPS. Clinic in Prudhoe; EMT at Toolik Field Station during summer months.
  • Webcam:  http://alaska.datatransport.org/imnavaitcreek#cameras/ridgetower

Ivotuk:  Former exploration site and long-term research site in the remote hills north of the Brooks Range, 160 miles west of Toolik Field Station, 200 miles south of Barrow, and 330 miles northwest from Fairbanks.

Renewable energy powers instruments at Ivotuk, Alaska. Photo: Tracy Dahl

Renewable energy powers instruments at Ivotuk, Alaska. Photo: Tracy Dahl

  • Land ownership: Private land administered by the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.
  • Science space: No research facility but an active location for research.
  • Housing: Camping is necessary.
  • Power available: Several NSF projects use an on-site autonomous hybrid power system maintained by CPS. Can support up to an additional 100 Watt continuous load in addition to the current science loads. Power can be exported up to ¼ mile from the central module via a 230Volt AC line, allowing access to different tundra vegetation biomes. Capacity could be expanded further with the addition of more renewable energy.
  • Communications available: Broadband satellite and local wireless network. Access to communications is dependent upon project location and bandwidth requirement. Data capabilities are limited.
  • Boardwalk: May not be required – subject to landowner discretion.
  • Access: Charter aircraft from Fairbanks.
  • Medical services: Remote medical call-in services and first-aid kits available from CPS.
  • Webcam: http://alaska.datatransport.org/ivotuk/#camera/netcam0

Atqasuk:  Inland community of about 250 residents, 60 miles southwest of Barrow.

Researchers lodge at the UMIAQ house in Atqasuk. Photo: SRI

Researchers lodge at the UMIAQ house in Atqasuk. Photo: SRI

  • Land ownership: Private land administered by the North Slope Borough and the Native Village of Atqasuk.
  • Science space: No research facility but an active location for field research.
  • Housing: CPS, via UIC Science, maintains a house with shared faculties capable of accommodating eight researchers, with access to temporary overflow housing to accommodate additional. Reservations are required.
  • Power available:  Electrical power available in the village. Sites near to the community may be able to access the village’s power grid. One NSF project operates using an on-site autonomous hybrid power system. Additional development of the systems may be feasible.
  • Communications available: Local wireless network is available at the Atqasuk house; however, a slower speed service is available in the community.
  • Boardwalk: May be required by land owner.
  • Access:  Commercial small-plane flight from Barrow or snowmachine.
  • Medical services: Remote medical call-in services and first-aid kits available from CPS. Hospital in Barrow.

CPS also provides limited support to scientists visiting sites with little or no infrastructure in place.

A custom-built solar array eliminates generator use at a field camp in an environmentally sensitive area of Alaska.  Photo: Mark Luttrell / c 2013, Smithsonian Institution

A custom-built solar array eliminates generator use at a field camp in an environmentally sensitive area of Alaska. Photo: Mark Luttrell / c 2013, Smithsonian Institution

Support Services may Include:

  • Communications gear
  • Camp facilities and equipment
  • Aircraft support

For more information on remote power systems, click here.

For more information on remote field communications, click here.