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The Atqasuk facility, which was part of the larger ARM Climate Research Facility (ARM) North Slope of Alaska(NSA) site, was installed the summer of 1999 off of a road near the Atqasuk Airport and operated through 2010. Located approximately 70 miles south of Barrow, Atqasuk is adjacent to the Meade River.
Atqasuk has an economy that is largely based on subsistence fishing and caribou hunting. The community infrastructure includes a store, gas station, impressive school, health clinic, firehouse, community center, power plant, water plant, and airport. Travel to and from Atqasuk is typically by schedule bush airline. There are at least four scheduled flights to and from Atqasuk from Barrow each day. Local people also travel to by snow machine.
There are no land lines that run to Atqasuk (or to Barrow for that matter). This means that all communications, both voice and data, were through commercially supplied satellite links. Data were transferred through a 56K line, which was sufficient for the instrumentation bandwidth load.