A MW team has started one of the company’s most unique projects in a place few people get to visit. The Toolik Project is MW’s first in Alaska and is located 370 miles north of Fairbanks in the arctic tundra, north of the Toolik Research Station, a site operated by the Institute of Arctic
Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It takes 8-12 hours to drive from Fairbanks on a largely unpaved industrial artery that serves operations at Prudhoe Bay. Snowfall is heavy most of the year, with temperatures below -30 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lake thaws between July and September. The area also sees almost 24 hours of sunshine in the summer.
The laboratory tower, instrument hut and elevated boardwalk will be used to gather ecological data for analysis, understanding and forecasting nature and biological changes in the local ecosystem. The project will include several phases, including the use of helicopters and careful
precautions for maintaining safety and communication during winter work. We’ve begun posting about the project on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and plan to continue pushing out information about this project and the fascinating location in the coming weeks and months. Please share these posts with your networks.