Brown Bag Seminar: Jon Ranson, Paul Montesano, and Chris Neigh



In July 2016 a GSFC team, along with Russian colleagues, arrived along the upper portion of the Kotuy River, in north central Siberia to measure the structure of permafrost Arctic larch forests. This expedition was the latest in a series of recent trips to these the unique and vast permafrost forests, which account for 20% of the broader circumpolar boreal domain. These trips have been part of a research partnership between NASA and Russia’s Sukachev Forest Institute spanning ~20 years aimed at examining the growth, disturbance and structure of Siberian forests in general. This talk reviews the reasons for this work, our experiences in the Arctic wilderness, and highlights some results that have come from these expeditions.