U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The USCG Fly Arctic Mission to Assist
|BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley and NSSI Deputy Director Denny Lassuy with USCG C-130 pilots. Photo by Matthew Vos|
On October 2, BLM-Alaska State Director and NSSI Oversight Group member Bud Cribley, along with NSSI Deputy Director Denny Lassuy and Communications Specialist Matthew Vos joined the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for an Arctic Domain flight out of Kodiak, Alaska. The flight was originally set to fly over the Artic sea ice which had retreated well beyond 82 degrees north making such a trip out of reach. Instead the crew flew north to Prudhoe Bay where a NOAA researcher took air samples starting at 28,000 feet, spiraling down to 500 feet. The plane then turned south and flew a low-level flight through the BLM's pipeline corridor and then headed West to Anvik following the Yukon River to its Delta to take more air samples before returning back to Kodiak. The flight was a learning experience for both NSSI members and the USCG crew. The crew wanted to know what issues decision makers have and need addressing and how the Coast Guard can help support NSSI in its mission of North Slope Science Coordination.
|Braided river near the BLM Dalton Highway Corridor. Photo by Matthew Vos|
View the entire set of pictures from the trip on NSSI's Facebook page
—By Matthew Vos