CLASSROOM AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD
Imagine spending up to two weeks in the northernmost town in the United States, where wind-chilled temperatures can reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit, aurora borealis dance across the sky and “bunny boots” are the most popular and fashionable footwear choice.
Dr. Rhett Herman, professor of physics and adjunct professor of geology, offers Radford University students and two Governor’s School students the incredible opportunity to conduct research in Utqiagvik, Alaska.
While navigating sea ice and polar bear territory, the group will test contraptions the students develop and build for research that contributes to the methodology of studying the thermal balance of our planet.
Utqiagvik, Alaska, is the northernmost city in the United States. Located 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the town sees average high temperatures in March of -6 degrees Fahrenheit. No roads connect Barrow to the rest of Alaska. Visitors must fly in or arrive by boat in the summer.