The Traverse arrived at Summit 08 May and departed 15 May. The crew endured a few rough days prior to reaching Summit. Snow conditions caused a loss of traction, requiring the tractors to crawl along at 3 mph.
Communities along the far northern coastlines of Alaska are witnessing some of the highest erosion rates in the world. Less and less sea ice cover results in the direct exposure of coastal soils to the destructive blunt force of powerful wave energy.
The crew has surpassed the horrible sastrugi zone, which continued to cause our ARCS (Air ride cargo sled) pouches to detach from the decks. The battens pulled away from the decks so the crews had to improvise a different strapping method.
Each spring for as long as we can remember, we've installed a field camp for Jim Sedinger near Tutakoke, in southwestern Alaska. Sedinger's field team works there all season to continue a long-term, NSF-funded study of Black Brant geese.
The Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team has left the crevasse zone and is headed to Camp Century [about 150 miles from Thule Air Base]. The GrIT team has been fighting weather and poor snow conditions the whole way.
All is well with the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team as they make their way through the crevasse zone [the first ~70 miles of the journey to Summit, where the fractured edge of the ice sheet leads to the unbroken ice cap].
The GrIT team headed out into the wild white yonder today. Over the next 7-8 weeks, our team will pull a giant load of outsized cargo to Summit Station, assist at Summit with science support, and then turn around and return to Thule Air Base.
The SCAT team has continued to make good progress. They started on their overnight trips into the Crevasse Zone March 7th, setting up their first camp at the B3 area, and moving just a few days later to B5a.
Welcome to the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) Situation Report. This report is designed to provide progress updates throughout the field season. In cooperation with the Government of Greenland, the NSF funds and manages much of the U.S. research effort on the world’s largest island.
When the NSF research station closed for the season in mid-August, staff spent the next weeks putting a summer's worth of equipment and infrastructure to bed while supporting experiments that run year round.
Ivotuk, AK, is a small research site at the southeastern edge of the National Petroleum Reserve on the North Slope of Alaska’s interior. The station supports autonomous instrumentation that requires electrical power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The GrIT operations team is back in Thule! After dealing with mechanical issues, traveling many hundreds of miles, and experiencing a range of weather, the team reached Thule this week.
The GrIT operations team is nearly “home.” After making impressive mileage all last week, the team was approximately a day away from Thule, according to Project Manager Geoff Philips. All indications suggest the team will reach Thule Monday, June 2.
Good travel conditions and a lack of mechanical issues has made for smooth travels for the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team as it makes its way back to Thule.
After a grueling month-long slog across 700 miles of ice sheet, the GrIT team pulled in to Summit Station on Friday, May 9, writes GrIT manager Geoff Phillips in his latest update.
The teams are well on their way for the 2014 overland Greenland traverse. After launching last week, the team has encountered softer snow than expected and a few mechanical delays. By the end of this week, the GrIT operations and SAGE research teams expect to arrive at an important juncture.
Mere hours (and a favorable weather forecast) stand between the GrIT operations and SAGE research teams and their long-awaited adventures on the Greenland ice sheet. All are raring to go as they hold at the transition between land and ice near Thule Air Base.
Up at Thule Air Force Base, the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team met a major milestone over the weekend: They mapped a safe route through the 60 miles of twisted ice that marks the edge of the ice sheet.