After 4 straight days of successful samplings, today that was originally planned as a “spare day” for sampling turns out to be a free day. Curious on seeing a sunrise in Salluit at 62 degree north, I got up around 4 am hoping to capture the sunrise. To my disappointment, it was cloudy with drizzle drops accompanied by south-easterly winds, making every drop felt like freezing ice for me, a Solomon Islander. I was busy trying to pull down my jacket’s sleeve when the grasses below me moved.
Looking at the map and aerial photo of Salluit, I noticed that there is a river surrounded by rocks, streaming almost along the center of the Salluit valley. Since rock tripe lichens grow anywhere on hard substrates, preferably in the presences of water and sunlight. Such sites as the rocky river banks could harbor lichens, and I hoped to find interesting lichen flora. One way to know is to see the site; to see is to believe.
The walk on the north-east road, heading along the coast in front of Salluit, was freshened by the breeze from the north-east wind. A gravel road trends beneath slight slope that was over-grown with shrubs, and half way to the top of the hill were covered with grassland.
A chilly morning with moderate wind. Geared up and all prepared for another sampling day, and this time I’d decided to climb the north-west slope of the Salluit Valley, which is sandwiched by about 300-m slopes.
Salluit, characterized as tundra environment has permafrost (permanent frozen soil); short summers with almost continuous daylight; long winters and ‘Arctic nights’; low annual precipitation; strong wind and winter blizzards; discontinuous vegetation; and unstable, wet soil conditions resulting from permafrost melt and frost action.
My name is Merry Sailonga Faluaburu, and I am a PhD student (from Solomon Islands) of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, under supervision of Professor Takeshi Naganuma. This time, I am so glad to have a great opportunity to participate in the sub-Arctic expedition to Salluit in northern Canada.
Japan session was held on the evening of 14th October in Reykjavik under the title of “The Arctic as the Field of SDGs”. The session discussed on the possible contribution of Science to “the Sustainable Development Goals” especially in the Arctic.
PAME, which is one of the working groups of the Arctic Council, had held a regular meeting in Quebec City, Canada, on February 11~14. About 90 participants from Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participants and Observers and invited experts gathered in the meeting.
CBird is an expert working group which reports to the Arctic Council’s working group on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna. The members of CBird coordinate research and information exchange among Arctic countries as well as those, such as Japan, which conduct research in the Arctic.
This time was the second CAFF board meeting with the United States as the chair. The meeting took place at Chena Hot Springs Resort where it took about one hour by bus from Fairbanks, Alaska. The meeting is usually carried out in an indigenous community, but this was the first time to be held at a resort place. We were very lucky because we saw five moose when traveling by bus to the meeting place.