Battelle ARO excels in planning support for scientists visiting sites with little or no infrastructure in place. Sites may be located off of the 414-mile Dalton Highway, or “Haul Road.” The highway begins just north of Fairbanks in Interior Alaska and ends at Deadhorse. It is Alaska’s most remote and challenging road, with little in the way of highway services. The road is mostly gravel, and motorists need to watch for ruts, rocks, dust in dry weather, potholes in wet weather and trucks and road maintenance equipment at all times. From its researchers can access the Yukon River, the ruggedly beautiful Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Battelle ARO also routinely supports field research on the Seward Peninsula. Nome, with commercial jet service, is a starting point for traveling on to more remote field sites. Support can also be arranged in Council, a small community at the end of a 75-mile gravel road, or at Quartz Creek. In Council, a summer road (open June through September) makes Council accessible for fuel, food, and equipment for researchers. Camp facilities may be arranged in one of the local homes. Conditions are rustic with bunkhouse-style accommodations. The atmosphere in Council is neighborly with residents from Nome and White Mountain seasonally living there.
Whether along the Haul Road, the Seward Peninsula, or another far flung location in AK, support services from the Battelle ARO team may include.
Additionally, Battelle ARO supports several semi-permanent field sites in Alaska.
Photo by: Anna Schemper
Photo by: Andy Ashwanden
Alaska research site on the north side of the Brooks Range, in the Kuparuk River basin, at Milepost 290 on the Dalton Highway.
Former exploration site and long-term research site in the remote hills north of the Brooks Range, 160 miles west of Toolik Field Station, 200 miles south of Barrow, and 330 miles northwest from Fairbanks.
Inland community of about 250 residents, 60 miles southwest of Barrow.