Two Recommend Papers: Current Issue (Vol. 31 No. 3) on Advances in Polar Science
Two Recommend Papers: Current Issue (Vol.
31 No. 3) on Advances in Polar Science
First paper is an Op-Ed, entitling “The
SPLASH Action Group – Towards standardized sampling strategies in permafrost
science” (http://www.aps-polar.org/paper/2020/31/03/A200407000001) written by Bouchard
F et al.
This unified approach will allow us to
overcome the following challenges: (1) identifying interfaces where detectable
changes in mineral and organic components occur; (2) allowing spatial
comparison of these detectable changes; (3) capturing temporal
(inter-/intra-annual) variations at these interfaces.
The Action Group called ‘Standardized
methods across Permafrost Landscapes: from Arctic Soils to Hydrosystems’
(SPLASH) is a community-driven effort aiming to provide a suite of standardized
field strategies for sampling mineral and organic components. This unified
approach will allow data from different landscape interfaces, field locations
and seasons to be shared and compared, thus improving our understanding of the
processes occurring during lateral transport in circumpolar Arctic
I would like to recommend another
interesting paper “Hybrid energy module for remote environmental observations,
experiments, and communications ” (http://www.aps-polar.org/paper/2020/31/03/A200728000003)
by Krassovski M B, et al.
As you know, increased concerns about
climate change have led to a significant expansion of monitoring, observational,
and experimental sites in remote areas of the world. Meanwhile, advances in
technology and availability of low-power equipment have allowed increasingly
sophisticated measurements with a wide variety of instruments. However, the
deployment and use of these technologies in remote locations is often
restricted not only by harsh environmental conditions, but also by the
availability of electrical power and communication options.
A power and communication solution for a
vast majority of implementations with or without modification would be of
considerable benefit. This article describes design of a universal, scalable
hybrid energy module for the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments Arctic
project (https://ngee-arctic.ornl.gov/). Two modules were built, and the
authors describe their implementation and findings over a 2-year period at a
remote field site on the Seward Peninsula in western Alaska, USA.