Three field seasons in four minutes

Check out this fun video highlighting the field glaciology portion of a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary project focused on ice-ocean interaction in west Greenland.

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!

GROVER 2.0—No Ordinary Polar Robot

GROVER 2.0—No Ordinary Polar Robot

Collecting data in the Arctic and Antarctic can be dangerous, expensive and logistically challenging. GROVER was built to help scientists collect data remotely no matter what conditions the polar environment has in store for it.

Promoting Diversity in Science

Head north into the Arctic and you’ll find a self-selected crew of researchers devoting their field seasons to uncovering the mysteries and facts of the region. Efforts are afoot to diversify the Arctic research community, and at the helm is Linda Hayden.

The Secret Life of Parasitic Sea Ice Fungi

Arctic sea ice is teeming with life, much of which is a mystery. Scientists know a lot about organisms like glassy diatoms, chlorophyll-rich algae and whipping flagellates who call sea ice home. But little is known about another component of the icy microcosm: parasitic fungi.

Summit Station: Halos, Flakes, Apparitions

Our team at Summit Station has been offering glimpses of the light show they're witnessing as the north polar region slips into darkness. These optical effects are caused by light bending through ice crystals.

Send Your Calendar Submissions!

Whether you're a scientist, field tech, adventurer, journalist, or some other intrepid soul who travels north, we want to hear from you. Specifically, we want your pictures for our 2014 calendar.

Mammoth Blood? Russian scientists say yes.

A team of Russian scientists claim the carcass of a female mammoth found last month on Lyakhovsky Islands of Novosibirsk archipelago contained blood so well preserved that if flowed from the remains.

World War II history frozen in time in Greenland

The vast ice sheet of Greenland has long served as a teacher, time capsule, and research station for everything from early cultures to climate change to World War II history. Yep, you read that right. World War II.

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.

The Greenland Ice Sheet and Surface Meltwater

On the massive Greenland ice sheet, a partially-melted band circles the ice edge. In this transition zone between ice and rock lie important clues to understanding how water melting on the ice sheet surface will impact the ice sheet’s overall rate of melting.

Investigating Greenland Crevasses at Raven Camp

Guest blogger Jessica Scheick reports here on a last-minute research trip to Greenland she took with her advisor, noted glaciologist Gordon Hamilton (U Maine, Climage Change Research Institute), last summer.

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.

Picturing Optical Displays at Summit Station, Greenland

Summit Station manager Ed Stockard and ICECAPS tech Patrick Wright have been collaborating to produce photographs of optical displays as well as photomicrographs of the snow crystals that produce these displays.

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.

Postcard from the Stinking Hills

Before he was a colleague, PFS science project manager Cody Johnson was a customer, conducting ecological research around Alaska's Toolik Field Station. He recently took time off from managing science support to get back to doing science field work. Lucky for us, he recorded his experience.

Polar Careers: Peter Wasilewski’s Frizion

Peter Wasilewski retired from NASA’s Goddard Space Filght Center in April, 2010, but he’s not resting on his laurels. Instead, he’s having a great time with his hobby - Frizion.

Documenting Dangerous Ice

Each winter as the temperatures in Alaska dip well below zero, the frozen rivers and lakes become highways and byways for many rural Alaskans. With few traditional roads, many rural Alaskans navigate the seemingly frozen bodies of water on snowmobiles and dog sleds.