Science Snapshots

Update from science support folks in Greenland

This time of year, it's impossible to keep up with the U.S. National Science Foundation's program of research in the Arctic -- there's action everywhere!

For now, enjoy these tidbits from our colleagues around Greenland.

Another perspective on Elizabeth Morton, who was pictured above atop Summit Station's instrument tower:

When she's not climbing the instrument tower,  Elizabeth Morton and fellow science tech Andy Clarke have been busy with a group of experiments CPS maintains year-round for long-term observations and campaign experiments.

In the following video, Andy and Elizabeth exhibit their skills as they launch a science balloon carrying instruments for Von Walden's ICECAPS project. With high winds of 35-40 knots, this balloon launch is quite an impressive feat!

Over at Thule Air Base on Greenland's northwestern coast, on-the-ground liason Joe Hurley has his hands full. He recently oversaw the relocation of lab space for a band of biologists led by Claudia Green (Czimczik, U California).

Team Green will spend a long season exploring carbon cycle changes under changing climate conditions. This short video offers glimpses of a lush oasis in Greenland and provides background information on the project. (It also shows us that polar researchers get to stand in some pretty amazing places.) Science support can look very different down in Kangerlussuaq, the main hub of the U.S. program of arctic research. Behold, pictures from one of two C-17 cargo deliveries this year: