Looking Back to Understand Coming Conditions

After more than a decade of international coordination and planning, scientists are off to examine the remote Petermann Glacier region in Northwestern Greenland. Tag along via the team's blog and social media!

GEOFON: Studying seismology around the world

GEOFON: Studying seismology around the world

Last fall we talked with Winfried Hanka (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam) via email about the GEOFON Seismic Network, a global broadband seismic network operated and maintained by GFZ since 1993.

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.

GrIT Update: Progress despite storm, pontoon issues

The GrIT operations team has passed waypoint Benson 2-70 and is continuing to make progress. They’re dealing with some movement of the ARCS pontoons and are working on several solutions. GrIT Project Manager Geoff Phillips discusses the team's progress.

Understanding under-ice water movement in Greenland

To better understand how water beneath the ice sheet affects glacial movement in Greenland, scientists developed and field tested a new way to drill boreholes from the ice surface to the base rock to collect data that can help project future sea-level rise worldwide.

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

Polar Careers: Jorien Vonk

Jorien Vonk’s passion for the Arctic started when she was a teenager and has grown ever since. Today, Vonk is a post-doctorate researcher at Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she focuses on biogeochemical cycling in arctic regions and the fate of thawing permafrost.

Communicating Polar Climate Change Through Art

Last month marked the culmination of an innovative, year-long collaboration between City University of New York (CUNY) professor Marco Tedesco, artists Ethan Ham, Ina Saltz, and Jonhathan Perl (The City College of New York), and a handful of their students.

The American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco

We’re sending a team to the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco to represent CH2M HILL Polar Services. The AGU meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting nearly 20,000 earth and space scientists, educators, students, and policy makers.

Arctic Lakes Help Explain Ancient Ancient Climate Patterns

Small lakes form in topographic lows where rainwater and glacial ice melt collect. A National Science Foundation-funded collaboration of 10 institutions is looking to use these small lakes to reconstruct the last 2000 – 8000 years of arctic climate change.

Ben Kopec & The Hydrologic Cycle in West Greenland

My name is Ben Kopec and I am a graduate student the Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Over the past two years, I have been studying the hydrologic cycle in West Greenland.

A day on KNS glacier

In August, Susan Zager, CPS project manager, visited Nuuk, Greenland, and spent a day with researchers Martin Truffer and Mark Fahnestock (University of Alaska) as they wrapped up an NSF-funded study of Kangiata Nunata Sermia Glacier (KNS).

First-Person Field Report: Glacial History in Eastern Greenland

My name is Laura Levy and I am a PhD candidate at Dartmouth College. I study how the Greenland Ice Sheet and small glaciers in Greenland have responded to natural climate change during the current interglacial period.

Polar bears visit GNET, Kangerlussuaq

Technicians visiting autonomous instruments on Greenland’s northwest coast last week found more evidence that polar bears have a taste for science. Scientists conducting maintenance on GNET stations south of the Thule Air Base found one had been aggressively damaged by a bear.

Arctic Forests of the Eocene

More than 45 million years ago, the area we know as the Arctic was saturated in carbon dioxide. Scientists studying that time period agree that the region was dominated by lush deciduous forests and animals that require tropical environments thrived in waters that now sustain polar bears.

Journey Through A Deep Time Laboratory

Climate and paleontology records tell us the Arctic was once home to a drastically different ecosystem. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Jaelyn Eberle has put the spotlight back on some of the long-forgotten fauna that inhabited the Arctic during a very wet and warm phase.

Midge Heads, Midge Heads, Teeny Tiny Midge Heads

Next time you consider whacking the tiny, bloodthirsty mosquito persistently singing in your ear, consider for a moment that he and his kind may hold the key to past climate change.

Dynamic Duo Kompletes Brooks Range Recce

In July, Jason Briner and Darrell Kaufman spent three weeks working in the Kurupa Valley in the western Brooks Range as part of a pilot study funded by the National Science Foundation to assess how Alaska’s climate and glaciers have changed over the last 10,000 years.

With a Little Help from Our Friends

Flying rocks, 100-mile-an-hour winds, curious wildlife and careful logistics planning were just some of the issues a small team of scientists led by the Technical University of Denmark had to address this summer while conducting maintenance operations at Greenland GPS Network sites in Greenland.