Professor Kenji Yoshikawa at his Alaska Reindeer Sled Ranch

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Meeting Professor Kenji Yoshikawa at His Alaska Reindeer Sled Ranch with Professor Vladimir E. Romanovsky and Noel Romanovsky.

Outside looking over his facility Kenji explains various attributes including how much water his Reindeer need daily.

Both Professor Romanovsky and Professor Yoshikawa’s life work involve Permafrost research.

Kenji indicates near us is a monitoring borehole which at about 3-4 meters depth there is a temperature of (+1°C) year round with no seasonal variation.

Scanning out across the pond we look and hear Kenji say that in the Black Spruce forest below us there is permafrost but not up here.

This seemed very interesting since I would normally associate permafrost to be located at higher elevations not lower ones in the same kilometer area.

We all then go inside a specially designed insulated cold room which maintains a constant temperature year round. Cool enough that in the summer mosquitoes don’t like to enter but good for eating watermelon.

I want to grab my flashlight in the car so I jump out and the video concludes for now.

This video was shot with a 360° panoramic camera so you can look around while it’s running or pause and look at any specific feature you find of interest.

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like Youtube.com and Vimeo.com we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.

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