Her two-and-a-half-week stay was filled with meetings, tours, and presentations, along with generous doses of Alaskan hospitality, as she became better acquainted with the IPY research and outreach activities in the state.
Most of Rhian’s time was spent in
Fairbanks, in ’s interior. There she had numerous meetings and discussions with researchers, administrators and other staff at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) who are involved in planning and carrying out IPY research and outreach activities in Alaska and beyond, including the staff of the University of Alaska IPY Outreach Office. She also met with representatives of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), University of Alaska Young Researchers Network (AYRN) and the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (NICOP), which will be held in Alaska June 29 - July 3, 2008. Fairbanks
Other highlights of the trip included a tour of the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering (CRREL) Laboratory’s permafrost tunnel, and a relaxing visit to the nearby Chena Hot Springs resort.
A two-day trip north to Barrow, the northernmost community on the North American mainland and a place well-known for its connections to Arctic science, provided Rhian with another valuable Alaskan vantage point. There she gave an IPY presentation to members of the community, toured the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC) facilities, and met with BASC personnel and other local researchers.
Fairbanks, the day before her departure, Rhian gave a second IPY presentation, this one at the (IARC) at UAF. The temperature that day reached the magic point at which the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales agree: -40 degrees. Combi International Arctic Research Center