What is the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) - Arctic Observatory Network (AON)?
ITEX-AON is an NSF funded collaborative research project between GVSU, FIU, UTEP, and UAA. The goal of the project is to identify the drivers of ecosystem change across Arctic landscapes and communicate the implications of the observed changes with the public.
The field sampling occurs primarily within Arctic System Science (ARCSS) grids established in the early 90s to document ecosystem change at Utqiaġvik, Atqasuk, Imnaviat Creek, and Toolik Lake. Within each ARCSS grid there is an integrated sampling regime which includes plots, warming experiments, a mobile instrumented sensor platform (run across a 50m transect), drone sampling, fixed phenocams, and many short-term observations or experiments.
The project is also leading several syntheses of soil carbon and phenocam sampling across the ITEX network and gather information on local usage of plants in the communities of the North Slope of Alaska.
One of the goals of this project is to engage citizens in science and increase the community knowledge base of edible plants and foraging. With the information on the following pages, we hope to inspire community members with accessible science, and foster health and a love of nature through foraging on the North Slope and beyond.
Traveling to Point Barrow via PolarTrec
ITEX in Alaska
A Quick Trip to Atqasuk, Alaska via PolarTrec