Sandia National Labs researchers battling freezing temperatures

Sandia Labs Arctic Research

JUNEAU, Ala. (KRQE) – Some researchers from Sandia National Lab don’t have to deal with the intense heat this summer.

The researches are dealing with freezing temperatures in Alaska. The team is in Alaska conducting climate research. They’re gathering data on clouds, winds, and tracking the movement of retreating sea ice among other things.

Much of this is to study the effects of global warming.

“The Arctic is very important in global warming perspective because the ice and clouds absorb and reflect sun’s energy differently,” said Al Bendure.

The team says not only is the climate interesting, so is the wildlife. They’ve been on bear watch because a grizzly came within a mile of them. They’re seeing a lot of caribou, foxes, and geese as well.

Today the team helped conduct a drone experiment with the University of Colorado Boulder. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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