Polar Technology Conference - 21-22 March

Polar scientists and technology developers gather at Polar Field Services in Denver later this month for the 12th Annual Polar Technology Conference (PTC). During the two-day event, attendees exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions.

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.

A Cross-Country Journey to Study Sea Ice Structure

A Cross-Country Journey to Study Sea Ice Structure

A group of scientists are in the final stretch of a two-month journey to collect sea ice cores in Barrow Alaska and return to them to their home base in New Hampshire to study their three-dimensional pore structure.

Active Layer Soil & Permafrost in a Warming World

Active Layer Soil & Permafrost in a Warming World

Those seeking to understand how warmer temperatures on the North Slope of Alaska and other regions may increase the impacts of climate change need look no further than the ground beneath their feet.

Monitoring Arctic sea ice thickness

To best understand climate change processes and their impacts, scientists monitor changes in the volume or mass of the Arctic sea ice cover. Specifically, researchers keep close tabs on the ice extent, or the area covered by sea ice, and ice thickness.

Science with Seals

We’ve been following the adventures of oceanographer and mathematician, David Holland and his wife Denise, logistical right-hand and project documentarian, during their Greenlandic adventures. We caught up with them via email during their recent transit between Abu Dhabi and Ilulissat.

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.

Calling at Ivotuk (Part III)

Calling at Ivotuk (Part III)

We heard from technical specialist Tracy Dahl, who’s been working on a power/communications system we installed at remote Ivotuk, Alaska, a decade ago. Now we bring you Tracy’s most recent news from the field.

Calling at Ivotuk (Part II)

Calling at Ivotuk (Part II)

When you maintain an autonomous research station on the edge of Alaska’s remote North Slope for a decade, you observe changes to the land that would not be obvious to a first-time visitor. This is the experience of Tracy Dahl, our Renewable Energy and Alternative Technology Specialist.

View from the Field: Erich Osterberg in Denali, AK

Sharing information about the research we help support is an exciting part of our role as a National Science Foundation logistics provider, and this time of year, it's difficult to keep up with all the news coming from the field.

Calling at Ivotuk (Part 1)

Ivotuk, AK, is a small research site at the southeastern edge of the National Petroleum Reserve on the North Slope of Alaska’s interior. The station supports autonomous instrumentation that requires electrical power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

GrIT Update: Mission Accomplished

The GrIT operations team is back in Thule! After dealing with mechanical issues, traveling many hundreds of miles, and experiencing a range of weather, the team reached Thule this week.

News Report: R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

The Seward City News reports that during trial runs for the R/V Sikuliaq, the National Science Foundation's $200 million Arctic research vessel, the ship lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit.

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.

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.

Glaciologist Develops Innovative, Inexpensive Mapping

In the decade-plus that University of Alaska, Fairbanks, professor Matt Nolan has studied the impacts of a changing climate on Alaska’s McCall Glacier, he’s grown accustomed to the logistics of researching glaciers: cold and short field seasons, inclement weather, and more.

Postcard from the Field

Recently, PFS renewable energy expert Tracy Dahl spent a few days at Toolik Field Station, Alaska. He and associate “Solar” Joe Yarkin worked at a nearby field site where Jeff Welker (University of Alaska, Anchorage) will mount a new NSF-funded research project.

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.

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.