Lessons from an Arctic Lake

Lessons from an Arctic Lake

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.

Climate change and polar bears

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.

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.

Science with Seals

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.

GrIT Update: The Long Road Home

GrIT Update: The Long Road Home

After a grueling month-long slog across 700 miles of ice sheet, the GrIT team pulled in to Summit Station on May 9. Seven days later they set out for the return trip home. They are currently two days out from NEEM, about 250 miles from Thule.

GrIT Report: Cold, mechanicals slow progress

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.

Understanding ice-ocean interactions in west Greenland

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.

Ancient Adaptation & Climate Change in the Aleutian Islands

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.

Girls On Ice Applications Due Jan. 31

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.

In the News - August 9, 2013

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.

Dark Snow Project Explores Wildfires and Arctic Melt

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

Anthropologist Explores Socioeconomic Change in Far East Russia

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.

Polar careers: Norway’s ‘Ice Man’

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.

North Pole Environmental Observatory field work underway

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 Preview: The Polaris Project

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.

Polar Careers: James Dixon, Archaeologist

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.

Study: Global temperatures highest in 4,000 years

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.

Study Foresees Spike in Arctic Shipping Due to Melting Polar Iced

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."