In the News - June 5, 2015

In the News - June 5, 2015

The Christian Science Monitor reports the findings of a study published June 3 in Nature that investigates how large glacial lakes in Greenland can completely drain billions of gallons of water in a matter of hours.

In the News - October 16, 2014

In the News - October 16, 2014

Alaska Public Radio reported that when the new National Science Foundation research vessel Sikuliaq launches in a few months, it will be equipped with about a half-dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks.

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.

Intermediate Drill Set to Procure Antarctic Ice Cores

In Mark Twickler’s world, “small” is relative. When it comes to a new ice core drill that’s being developed and tested by a team of specialized engineers from the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group (IDDO), small means about 20,000 pounds.

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.

Scientists Test Autonomous Rover to Explore the Arctic

GROVER is an autonomous vehicle that can navigate to GPS coordinates and report back to base via satellite from any location in the world while it collects scientific information.

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.

Tandem balloon launch at Greenland's Summit Station

The crew at Greenland’s Summit Station recently launched a tandem balloon to gather data for two ongoing research projects. To learn more about it, read on.

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.

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.

NASA Satellite Helps Researchers Study Climate Change & Mored

Changing weather events, rapidly shrinking ice coverage in the Arctic and fluxes in ocean temperature impact all of us. These occurrences also bring up a myriad of questions about long-term climate change, short-term weather patterns and their impact on regions like the Arctic.

Operation IceBridge: Birds-Eye View of Arctic Ice Cover

Operation IceBridge takes scientists to new heights (literally!) to collect aerial ice cover data to help us better understand how changes in polar ice connect to the broader global climate system. The six-year project is the largest airborne survey of polar ice ever.

Polar Lights

Aurorae, named for the Roman goddess of dawn, are a natural phenomenon occurring when charged particles, mostly electrons from the sun, enter the earth’s atmosphere where they are directed toward the polar regions by the Earth’s magnetic field.