Use data gathered from MODIS satellite sensors to determine where and how much the arctic is greening or browning. Overall, as the arctic warms it seems to be greening, meaning vegetation growth is increasing.
Take samples from trees and shrubs in areas identified from the satellite data as being interesting or representative. This will help us determine what greening actually means on the ground. Which species of tree or shrub are benefiting most from the warming?
By looking at caribou populations and movements and combining that with our information on the growth of different vegetation, we can discover how these vegetation changes are affecting the caribou.
THE 2018 TRIP
The area we are studying is remote and it is hard and expensive to get here. This makes traditional travel by canoe the perfect transportation method for us. We will be immersed in the land we are studying, living in, and travelling through for five weeks (from July 16 until August 20) in the summer of 2018. Our approximate route involves landing at Jolly Lake and making our way to the south end of MacKay Lake. You can follow our progress (via SPOT satellite beacon) on the map below:
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