Lab Spotlight

Oak Ridge Research Aims to Understand Changing Arctic Conditions

Agency: 
Dept. of Energy
Scientists with the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Arctic project

Scientists with the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Arctic project collect snow samples from the Alaskan tundra. (Photo credit: David Graham, ORNL)

The main photo of this week’s laboratory spotlight features scientists with the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Arctic project collecting snow samples from the Alaskan tundra.

(Photo credit: Stan Wullschleger, ORNL)

To the right, a scientist with the project, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, uses a hydraulic drill to obtain soil samples from the Alaskan tundra. Data like the microbial content in the soil is used to inform earth system models and improve predictions of how local and global environments might change in the future.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides exceptional researchers with distinctive equipment and unique facilities to solve some of the nation’s most compelling challenges.  As the largest U.S. Department of Energy open science laboratory, ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.

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Lab Spotlight
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Southeast