Study of black carbon on Juneau's ice field wrapping up

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast is wrapping up its Juneau Icefield black carbon study.

    Executive Director Allison Bidlack said on Action Line Wednesday that  their researchers have taken snow and ice samples from various parts of the ice field and testing the samples for black carbon.  She explained that black carbon comes from the burning of either wood or fossil fuels.

    "They're still analyzing some of that data," she said, "but one of the interesting things they did find was that the closer you are to Juneau on the icefield, the more black carbon there is.  As you move farther away, so east and north, we get lower amounts of black carbon."

    She added they have not yet analyzed those samples to find out where the carbon is coming from  so they don't know if its from fossil fuel burning or from wood stoves.  

    The study is being funded by the U. S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation's
    "Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research" or EPSCor


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