Climate Change Scientists To Discuss Y-K Delta Research At Cultural Center

Aiyu Zheng, a soon-to-be graduate student, checks soil moisture and temperatures as part of her research with the Polaris Project.
Credit Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

For the last two weeks, a dozen college and graduate students have been camping out in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Their quest? To understand how climate change is affecting the tundra.

The students are part of the Polaris Project, an organization that has studied climate change impacts in Siberia and Alaska. For the past two years they’ve taken students, mostly undergraduates, out to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for research. And this year, they are coming to Bethel to share their work with the community.

The Polaris Project will host a presentation and discussion on Friday at the Bethel Cultural Center. The gathering will last an hour and begins at 5:30 p.m.