Ground Temperature Monitoring - HAARP Research Station - Case Study
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is a research program designed to study the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. The program, which is jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, operates the HAARP Research Station, a world-class facility 180 miles ENE of Anchorage and approximately 8 miles north of Gakona, Alaska.
One of the major components of the research station is an array of 180 antennae on nearly 35 acres, with a total radiated power capability of approximately 3.6 million watts. It is used to support the project’s interactive study of the ionosphere. Because this is a long-term project that originated in 1990, protecting and maintaining this instrumentation is critical for guaranteeing success throughout the duration of the project.
In 2006, Golder began collaborating with BeadedStream to streamline this process of data collection and analysis: take temperatures at 236 locations, with accuracy, in the minimum amount of time. BeadedStream started by supplying eight to ten cables from our rental pool annually, along with field data collectors and FETCH software.
Gakona is located in Alaska at the center of Copper Valley, surrounded by mountains and the famous Copper River. Gakona is located in the continental climate zone, with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. As of the census of 2000, there were 215 people, 84 households, and 60 families residing in the Chitina Recording District. Gakona depends upon local businesses and seasonal tourist travel.