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Posted 3/22/2013

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BARROW, Alaska—ERDC’s Drs. Chris Hiemstra and Chris Polashenski of CRREL-Alaska recently traveled to Barrow, Alaska, to participate in a field experiment surveying Arctic Ocean sea ice and snow.

The purpose of their research is to delineate ice and snow features using aerial- and ground-based LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).

The researchers collaborated and interacted closely with professors and cadets from the U.S. Naval Academy’s (USNA) Polar Science Program. As part of their program, the USNA brings five senior cadets to the Arctic to experience what they have been studying for four years in the classroom.

The CRREL scientists shared their Arctic science program and measurement tools with the cadets in exchange for their assistance with field measurements.

Learn more about CRREL’s polar research and engineering at http://polar.crrel.usace.army.mil/.

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