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.

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.

Arctic In the News

Arctic In the News

The United States' last vessel capable of breaking through the heaviest ice of the Arctic Circle, and resupplying the U.S. polar research station there, is scheduled to leave San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

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.

Climate change and polar bears

This week, world leaders met in New York for the U.N. Climate Summit to advance climate action. Concurrently, the New York Times and other media outlets published a series of stories and video about the impacts of a warming Arctic.

In the News - August 13, 2014

In the News - August 13, 2014

The Voice of Russia reports that scientists in Denmark discovered three Bluefin tuna in the chilly waters off the east coast of Greenland in 2012, an unusual find given that Bluefin tuna typically hail from the Mediterranean and the Gulf Coast of Mexico and are found in warmer climes.

2014 Sea Ice Outlook: July Report

2014 Sea Ice Outlook: July Report

Since 2008, the annual Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) has provided an open process for those interested in arctic sea ice to share ideas about the September minimum sea ice extent. This year (2014) represents a transition for the SIO, as it is now managed as part of the Sea Ice Prediction Network.

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.

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.

Tyrannasaurus from the top of the world

Earlier this month, scientists announced the discovery of 70-million-year-old fossils of a "pint-sized dinosaur" in northern Alaska. According to news reports, this Arctic cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex represents a previously unknown genus and species of dinosaur.

Documentary Explores Ancient Tlingit Rock Formations

Parts of south Alaska’s inland, alpine landscape are dotted with mounds of artificially stacked rocks that are closely tied to Tlingit culture. These structures, known as rock cairns, are the focus of Cairns Uncovered, a soon-to-be-released documentary.

Division of Polar Programs joins Facebook!

Follow Arctic and Antarctic research news through the new Facebook page of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs. The recently launched page carries stunning pictures and updates on the U.S. polar programs, north and south.

Dig reveals 1,500-year-old midden near Barrow, AK

Archaeologist Anne Jensen, a lead scientist at Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) near Barrow, AK., is used to racing the elements in her short work season. In 2009, we reported on her Nuvuk Archaeology Project, and we’ve been following her activities from afar.

New study shows differing polar bear response to ice melt

As Arctic ice continues to melt at historic rates, scientists are studying the ecological impacts of the changing landscape, including on the impact of shrinking sea ice on polar bear populations. A recent story on Alaska Public Radio offered the following insights.

Scientists Discover Canyon Under Greenland Ice Sheet

In this age of Google street view, it seems there are few places that still hold mysteries. But scientists led by a team from from the University of Bristol have discovered a canyon on par with Arizona's Grand Canyon at least two kilometers beneath the ice sheet.

In the News - August 22, 2013

Arctic climate science has been in the news a lot lately; here are some of the highlights.

In the News - August 9, 2013

From ancient populations to modern-day impacts of the loss of sea ice, the National Science Foundation-sponsored research we help support here at Polar Field Services is often in the media. Here’s a round up of recent stories.

Greenland in The Atlantic: a stunning photo essay

A picture often is worth more than 1,000 words. Take the Atlantic’s recent photo essay, “Greenland: A Global Warming Laboratory.”

Notes From the Field: PolarTREC, Arctic Wolf Spiders & More

Leave it to a middle school science teacher to explain the complex food chain in Alaska’s tundra with simplicity. That’s exactly what Nell Kemp, a teacher at Chicago’s Kenwood Academy and PolarTREC participant is doing on her project blog.

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.