When middle school earth science teacher Tim Martin joined a team of scientists on a 2009 PolarTREC expedition to the far northern reaches of Siberia, he hoped that the exotic experience would yield lessons relevant to his students at Greensboro Day School.
This week, world leaders met in New York for the U.N. Climate Summit to advance climate action. Concurrently, the New York Times and other media outlets published a series of stories and video about the impacts of a warming Arctic.
We’ve been following the adventures of oceanographer and mathematician, David Holland and his wife Denise, logistical right-hand and project documentarian, during their Greenlandic adventures. We caught up with them via email during their recent transit between Abu Dhabi and Ilulissat.
If it can break, it has. With Summit Station practically in sight, the GrIT operations team has been beleaguered by mechanical issues, reports GrIT Project Manager Geoff Phillips in the most recent situation report.
A new interdisciplinary collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation has put out a call for membership. The network, known as Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability (Arctic-FROST), is part of the Sustainability, Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainibility (SEES) network.
For years, scientists have understood that Greenland's ice sheet contributes to rising sea levels through the combination of surface melting and accelerating outlet glaciers. What’s less understood is the behavior of different glaciers in different locations.
The Islands of the Four Mountains in Alaska’s central Aleutians are about as inhospitable an environment as a person can imagine. Bad weather reigns, the wind and rain conspiring to create the perfect conditions for hypothermia.
We at Polar Field Services encounter amazing women every day in the course of our work. Some of them are on our staff. Others are researchers we help support. All are intelligent, interesting, and incredibly strong. And they were all girls once—girls who grew up into successful, ambitious adults.
From ancient populations to modern-day impacts of the loss of sea ice, the National Science Foundation-sponsored research we help support here at Polar Field Services is often in the media. Here’s a round up of recent stories.
Dr. Jason Box is asking for public donations to finance a research trip to Greenland to study the impact of wildfire ash on Arctic albedo. P
Cities, towns and villages located near the dividing lines of nations are a complex web of people, politics, cultures, commodities and lives. This unique combination makes the borderlands of the Russian Far East a treasure trove of information for one anthropologist.
Most mornings, Chris Petrich’s biggest hurdle is staying off the ski lift he passes on his way to work in Northern Norway. But the scientist resists the temptation and continues to the Northern Research Institute Narvik, where he investigates the melting and breakup of Arctic ice.
On the sea ice floating near the North Pole, scientists led by Jamie Morison (U Washington) is gearing up for annual springtime sampling activities that for the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO). For more than a decade, this field work has taken place in April.
Spring 2013 finds the Polaris Project team abuzz with gearing up for this summer’s adventures in science education in the Siberian Arctic. The year also brings with it some changes and new faces.
James Dixon is a man who wears many hats. Dixon is the Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he provides overall direction and leadership for the 80-year-old institution. He’s also a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
The New York Times is reporting today the results of a new study showing global temperatures are higher than they've been in the last 4,000 years and are likely to surpass levels not seen since the last Ice Age.
Two UCLA researchers using a series of climate-change forecasting models to generate their data have concluded that the polar region will become “much more accessible than ever imagined."