Frontier Scientist Series premiers this month

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Arctic Ground Squirrel photo by Kent Miller.

Welcome to Frontier Scientists, where new scientific discoveries in the Far North unfold before your eyes.  A fascinating series of video programs brings Arctic science to life, following real scientists and their work.

On Mondays at 8pm, catch ten installments of 30 minute Frontier Scientists video programs featuring contemporary scientific discoveries.

Frontier Scientists programs will be featured:

  • Weekly on 360 North
  • Streaming online at 360 North
  • Available in Alaska over the air in Anchorage and Juneau on GCI Cable, DirectTV, & Dish Network.
  • 2014 Program Schedule for PBS – ALASKA  


Oct.6    Alongside crashing waves, archaeologists work to document THE PETROGLYPHS OF KODIAK ISLAND, prehistoric Native rock art depicting mysterious faces and animals.

Oct.13   Every year birds flock to Alaska. This MIGRATION lets them breed and feed in rich Arctic summer lands, but how do they cope with deadly and unpredictable Arctic weather? Scientists use creative techniques to find out.

Oct.20  Geothermal energy is the potential prize at PILGRIM HOT SPRINGS, where tests and drilling help determine whether this resource can provide power to the city of Nome.

Oct.27  Volcanologists at the USGS – Alaska Volcano Observatory track restless COOK INLET VOLCANOES, using diverse monitoring equipment to provide warning when an eruption is imminent.

Nov.3   Scientists use high-tech supercomputers and COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE to model and understand some of today’s most complex issues.

Nov.10  MODELING ARCTIC WATERS isn’t an easy task, but innovative data gathering methods and computational science help map Arctic waters and fast-changing sea ice conditions.

Nov.17   Geophysical researchers record CHANGING PERMAFROST trends to better understand the impacts of changing climate conditions on frozen Arctic ground currently keeping greenhouse gases locked underground.

Nov.24   Wildlife biologists and Park rangers in Denali help the Park’s grizzly bear population thrive in their natural environment while promoting safe interactions between GRIZZLIES and visitors.

Dec.1  ARCTIC GROUND SQUIRRELS are cute furballs with very unusual lives. They survive body temperatures below freezing and use a superpowered internalized clock to stay on schedule – scientists work to learn how.

Dec.8  WHERE IS LAKE EL’GYGYTGYN?  is often asked about a frigid Siberian site where an asteroid impacted Earth. There, Julie Brigham-Grette and her team drilled to extract a climate record stretching back 3.6 million years. Now Brigham-Grette brings the science back to classrooms.

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