2016 Photo Galleries

The 2016 research trip to Alaska is underway and the students with their professor and guide, Dr. Rhett Herman, are busy collecting and processing data, and working on equipment that some of the students and Dr. Herman designed and built.

View the photo galleries below and explore what the team is doing each day.  

Also, be sure to check out the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by following #RadfordinAlaska.

Presentation at a Local Library

March 12, 2016


During their final day in Barrow, Alaska, the Radford University researchers gave a presentation to community members at the local library about their research.

Collecting Data

March 11, 2016


The Radford University researchers were able to do multiple data collection runs on the sea ice using the OhmMapper, ice drill, microclimate sled and ground penetrating radar.

Another Aurora Borealis Sighting

March 10, 2016


The Radford University researchers had the opportunity to view the aurora borealis very early this morning. The rest of the day was spent preparing for a presentation they will give to the Barrow community on Saturday, March 12.

A Visit to the Inupiat Heritage Center

March 9, 2016


The Radford University student researchers were able to spend time on the sea ice collecting data, even with temperatures close to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. They also went into town and visited the Inupiat Heritage Center to learn more about the Inupiat people and traditions.

OhmMapper and Ice Drill

March 8, 2016


Radford University researchers spent the morning ensuring functionality of equipment and testing new methods of data collection. During the afternoon they were able to get out on the ice with the OhmMapper and the ice drill.

Testing the Equipment

March 7, 2016


With temperatures in the -40s, the Radford University researchers were unable to work on the ice, but instead tested their equipment and data collection process on the tundra in Barrow, Alaska.

The Newest Team Arrives

March 5, 2016


The arrival of a second team of Radford University researchers meant they had to complete safety training in order to obtain their land use permits. They were able to explore the ice for a short time in -40 degrees Fahrenheit conditions. With those temps, they took the opportunity to modify their data collection equipment..

A Visit to the NOAA Facility

March 5, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility in Barrow, Alaska

Radford University student researchers and their professor, Dr. Rhett Herman, took a tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility in Barrow, Alaska.

Weather Delays

March 4, 2016

Dr. Rhett Herman and an undergraduate researcher look over the equipment being used for the 2016 Alaska research trip

Dr. Rhett Herman and a group of Radford University and Governor's school student researchers are in Barrow, Alaska conducting sea ice research. Due to a weather delay the team worked on their equipment and began processing data they have collected.

Out on the ice

March 4, 2016


Dr. Rhett Herman and a team of Radford University student researchers were able to get back out on the ice after a weather delay. The team is seen using the microclimate sled that Dr. Herman designed and developed.

The Aurora Borealis

March 4, 2016


The Radford University student researchers and their professor, Dr. Rhett Herman, have already had an opportunity to see the aurora borealis in Barrow, Alaska.