Field Activity 2018-646-FA

Identifier 2018-646-FA
Also known as Early Summer fieldwork at Barter Island, Alaska
Purpose Install Argus station, service existing and install new time lapse cameras, measure waves and seismic signal, service permafrost thermistor arrays, deploy marine wave gauges and game cameras, and conduct public outreach.
Location Coastal bluffs of Barter Island N-slope Alaska
Summary Li, Shawn, and Cordell installed two video cameras on an 8 meter mast near the northern coastal bluff edge; one camera directed north, the other east-northeast. A seismometer was installed just below surface of tundra near the ARGIS mast and three solar panels and telemetry of seismic and camera data were setup. Two weight stands with attached RBR wave gauges were deployed from a USFWS rib. Surface floats were attached for recovery. Icebergs snagged the floats the night after deployment and dragged the platforms ~100m to the east. Two thermistor arrays that were installed in 2016 were serviced. Data from one thermistor array looked good while data from the other was poor or questionable. Believe the incorrect calibration file was used when serviced in 2017. Game cameras, one panoramic, one standard, at the Western extent of the coast bluffs were downloaded and serviced for continued time lapse imagery collection. Two new game cameras, one panoramic, one standard with telemetry, were installed east of the ARGIS station. Li Erikson gave a talk about coastal erosion at Barter Island at the City of Kaktovik Event Center.
Info derived Wave run-up, waterlevel, timelapse imagery, coastal change, seismic signal of waves on beach
Comments Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity AK 2015-624-FA Field work in 2 phases, early July 2018, Late Sept 2018 Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2016-645-FA
Start Santa Cruz, CA 2018-07-02
End Kaktovik, AK 2018-07-09
Days in the field 6
West -143.74326156
East -143.61712036
North 70.13696997
South 70.1270917
Marine operations Yes


2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA95060
(831) 460-7401
Principal investigators Bruce M RichmondCordell JohnsonLi EriksonShawn R HarrisonFerdinand K Oberle
Crew members
(not identified)
Scientist, Staff
Cordell Johnson
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Cordell Johnson
Specialist, Information
Shawn R Harrison
Specialist, Information
Affiliate principal Bruce Richmond

Data types and categories

Data category: Electro-Magnetic, Imagery, Location-Elevation, Time Series
Data type: Resistivity, Photo, Video, Navigation, Profiles, Mooring (physical oceanography)

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
electricalresistivity Resistivity (no data reported)
imagery Photo, Video (no data reported)
camera Photo (no data reported)
Trimble R10 GPS (AS) Navigation, Profiles (no data reported)
Other Unknown, Mooring (physical oceanography), Biology Monitoring, Geochemical Monitoring (no data reported)


Samples collected during this field activity