A trip to a local lake is a common summertime activity for many. But there’s nothing typical about where Yarrow Axford, an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Northwestern University, has been boating for the better part of a decade.
As researchers from the Permafrost Laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Dr. Alexander Kholodov and Dr. Santosh Panda work in some of the most difficult to access rural communities in the Alaskan interior.
With a team of polar experts who specialize in planning and implementing field logistics, Polar Field Services (PFS) plays a critical role in preparing researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a successful field season.
Grass probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the foundations of Icelandic culture and society. But the humble blade of grass has played an incredibly important role in Iceland since the early days of settlement.
The Traverse arrived at Summit 08 May and departed 15 May. The crew endured a few rough days prior to reaching Summit. Snow conditions caused a loss of traction, requiring the tractors to crawl along at 3 mph.
Communities along the far northern coastlines of Alaska are witnessing some of the highest erosion rates in the world. Less and less sea ice cover results in the direct exposure of coastal soils to the destructive blunt force of powerful wave energy.
The crew has surpassed the horrible sastrugi zone, which continued to cause our ARCS (Air ride cargo sled) pouches to detach from the decks. The battens pulled away from the decks so the crews had to improvise a different strapping method.
The Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team has left the crevasse zone and is headed to Camp Century [about 150 miles from Thule Air Base]. The GrIT team has been fighting weather and poor snow conditions the whole way.
All is well with the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team as they make their way through the crevasse zone [the first ~70 miles of the journey to Summit, where the fractured edge of the ice sheet leads to the unbroken ice cap].
Benign weather last week led to perfect conditions for launching instrumented balloons at the NSF-funded research station in the middle of Greenland's ice sheet. We heard from science technicians at Summit, Marci Beitch (PFS) and Jason Johns (NOAA), who were suitably impressed by the flight.
The 12th Annual Polar Technology Conference is bringing together scientists and engineers to exchange information, ideas and solutions on deploying research systems in polar environments.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released "The Arctic Report Card: Update for 2015." The report shows that the Arctic continues to warm about twice as fast as other parts of the globe, a phenomenon called Arctic amplification.
The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) are National Science Foundation supported science and cultural exchange programs for high school students. The three-week JSEP program takes place entirely in Greenland.
When the NSF research station closed for the season in mid-August, staff spent the next weeks putting a summer's worth of equipment and infrastructure to bed while supporting experiments that run year round.
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!
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a large-scale project funded by the National Science Foundation to document ecological changes across the U.S. over the next three decades. We wanted to check in to learn more about NEON and the exciting work underway in Alaska.