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Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Alaska propose to address this challenge by augmenting the network of existing Arctic stations at Barrow/Utqiagvik and Toolik Lake with a new facility: the U.S. High Arctic Research Center (USHARC). The proposed USHARC, slated for Oliktok Point, would create permanent, year-round facilities to support researchers and stakeholders in High Arctic operations.
US High Arctic Research Center: Overview
USHARC would create an ideal environment to bring together stakeholders from the science, safety, and security arenas to develop comprehensive solutions for Artic challenges. USHARC would include a range of elements needed to support these partnerships, from logistical support and access to varied ecological settings to an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility and facilities for testing such technologies as autonomous platforms, renewable energies, microgrids, and sensors.
The USHARC would utilize existing Sandia and University of Alaska assets and capabilities to serve national needs.