Couldn't Get Much Higher

Benign weather last week led to perfect conditions for launching instrumented balloons at the NSF-funded research station in the middle of Greenland's ice sheet. We heard from science technicians at Summit, Marci Beitch (PFS) and Jason Johns (NOAA), who were suitably impressed by the flight.

Studying the Glaciers' Margins

Studying the Glaciers' Margins

Nicolás Young at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and colleagues Joerg Schaefer, Jason Briner and Gifford Miller want to know just how sensitive the Laurentide Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet are to climate perturbations.

Greenland's Freshwater Lakes & Climate Change Impacts

Last year, Field Notes introduced you to Jasmine Saros, a lake ecologist from the University of Maine investigating if tiny freshwater diatoms can offer clues on what impact climate change may have on Arctic freshwater lake ecosystems.

Recap: Joint Science Education Project 2014

Recap: Joint Science Education Project 2014

Earlier this summer, Lynn Foshee Reed, organizer of Arctic Science Education Week, sent us a recap of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) 2014.

Follow Islands of the Four Mountains fieldwork in real time

Follow Islands of the Four Mountains fieldwork in real time

Learn more about the fascinating research project of Dixie West and Virginia Hatfield (Kansas University), Kirsten Nicolaysen (Whitman College) and Breanyn MacInnes (Central Washington University) in Alaska’s central Aleutians, one of the most inhospitable environments a person could imagine.

2014 Sea Ice Outlook: July Report

2014 Sea Ice Outlook: July Report

Since 2008, the annual Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) has provided an open process for those interested in arctic sea ice to share ideas about the September minimum sea ice extent. This year (2014) represents a transition for the SIO, as it is now managed as part of the Sea Ice Prediction Network.

Get Ready for the Polaris Project 2014

Flowers, garden vegetables, sunshine, and…summer science cargo. That’s what’s been on the minds of Sue Natali, Polaris Project Research Coordinator and Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, and John Schade, Polaris Project Education Coordinator.

Emerging vegetation offers climate clues as ice retreats

Associate Professor Jason Briner and Gifford Miller, Fellow and Associate Director of University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, are analyzing fossilized Arctic moss that has been buried under ice for thousands of years to garner clues about the region's climate history.

How Climate Change Impacts Alaskan Ecosystems

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska is the stage for a three-year experiment to explore the connections between a changing climate, an advancing growing season, migratory geese and the chemical processes that impact the broader ecosystem.

Promoting Diversity in Science

Head north into the Arctic and you’ll find a self-selected crew of researchers devoting their field seasons to uncovering the mysteries and facts of the region. Efforts are afoot to diversify the Arctic research community, and at the helm is Linda Hayden.

PolarTREC deadline approaching!

Calling all educators who are fascinated with the Arctic and Antarctic! PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. is accepting applications through Monday September 16.

Carbon below the Surface

Penn State biologist Eric Post realized that a significant amount of activity that influenced the arctic ecosystem was taking place underground. He is in the process of studying the underground carbon exchange in Greenland's tundra.

Send Your Calendar Submissions!

Whether you're a scientist, field tech, adventurer, journalist, or some other intrepid soul who travels north, we want to hear from you. Specifically, we want your pictures for our 2014 calendar.

Snow pack critical driver in regulation of Arctic atmosphere

The unprecedented Arctic warming over the past 30 years is leading to melting of sea ice and consequences. Now scientists have evidence that Arctic warming could also change atmospheric chemistry through reactions that occur between the air and the snow.