I am continuing my journey north next week, first to Resolute and then on to Lake Hazen in Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island. I seem to have amassed quite an array of electronic gadgets to use while at Lake Hazen. Some of the gadgets I will be using as part of my research include:
GPS: I will use this to record the longitude, latitude and elevation of the locations of the plants I am monitoring and also for the location of herbarium specimens I collect.
Camera: On my twice weekly visits to each site, I will take photos of each plant species I am monitoring to record their flower and fruit progression.
inReach: This is probably the neatest of the gadgets I have. There is certainly no cell phone or internet coverage at a place as remote as Lake Hazen so this device allows me to send text messages via satellite. Here is how it works. I compose, send and receive text messages using the Earthmate app on my iPad. The iPad communicates to the inReach device via Bluetooth. The inReach sends and receives text messages from the Iridium satellite system. The satellite system relays the text messages to the inReach server. The inReach server notifies the recipient that there is a text message for them to view at the inReach website. How cool is this? Watch out for txt updates on the blog while I am at Lake Hazen!
Solar Battery Charger: The sun is weaker in the Arctic because of its low angle and the rays having to travel further through the atmosphere but the sun is up 24hrs/day in the summer at Lake Hazen so plenty of time to charge my batteries and iPad.