Dr. Olaf Kuhlke explains the Our People, Our Climate art initiative during meetings at the Niizhwaaso Collaborative Research Centre at Qaumajuq and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in April 2022.

Permafrost Pathways and Lessons from Alaska

This week, we’re excited to learn more about the upcoming presentation by the Permafrost Pathways Project and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for Arctic Congress 2024.

With the 2024 Arctic Congress in Norway coming up, we’re excited for the many projects that will be convening sessions and presentations. Each week, we’re going to look at a different session and presentation that we are most looking forward to at this year’s event. 

This week, we’re excited to learn more about the work being done by the Permafrost Pathways Project with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Part of the Defense Resiliency Platform Against Extreme Cold Weather, this presentation documents the 3-D visualization and measurement of features in the CRREL permafrost tunnel in Fox, Alaska, using a Matterport Pro-3 LiDAR camera. 

The first section of the presentation discusses the technical capabilities, limitations, and adaptations of the selected camera system, along with its feasibility for permafrost landscape visualization. Specifically, the technical challenges of LiDAR and VR photography in low-light environments with highly irregular surfaces, along with resolution and measurement accuracy, are addressed.

The second part of the presentation then showcases the 3-D and LiDAR visualization, processing, sharing, measurement, and tagging capacities of the Matterport VR visualization platform. The interactive display features, integration with other 3-D platforms, and audio/video tagging features are highlighted. 

A virtual tour of the CRREL permafrost tunnel and its features will be presented in the final part of the presentation to portray the tunnel’s capacity as a living/learning lab for permafrost studies.  

This exciting presentation, part of Session: 2.1.2 Permafrost Thaw, Infrastructure and Indigenous Communities: Lessons from Alaska, will take place on May 31, 2024 from 11:00 to 12:30 in Hall Two at the Fram Cinema. To register for the 2024 Arctic Congress, visit their web site at:

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