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.

Geek out at the Polar Technology Conference

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.

GEOFON: Studying seismology around the world

GEOFON: Studying seismology around the world

Last fall we talked with Winfried Hanka (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam) via email about the GEOFON Seismic Network, a global broadband seismic network operated and maintained by GFZ since 1993.

Greenland Clouds Offer Clues to Possible Climate Change Impacts

Greenland Clouds Offer Clues to Possible Climate Change Impacts

On a cold, crisp day hundreds of clouds drift over the Greenland Ice Sheet. These clouds play an important role in the region’s energy balance, affecting everything from air temperature to ice melt and precipitation.

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.

GrIT's Going!

Up at Thule Air Force Base, the Greenland Inland Traverse (GrIT) team met a major milestone over the weekend: They mapped a safe route through the 60 miles of twisted ice that marks the edge of the ice sheet.

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.

2013 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Recap

Tracy Dahl, CPS Technical Specialist in Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology, attended and helped support the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Tech University. This competition taps undergraduate engineering students to design and build low- and zero-emissions snowmobiles.

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.

NSF and UAF Launch New Arctic R/V

The R/V Sikuliaq, one of the most advanced research vessels in the world, will be home-ported in Seward, Alaska at the University of Fairbanks' Marine Operations Facility. The Sikuliaq departs on its first science mission in early 2014.

Green Energy Powers Greenland’s Summit Station

After discovering a fantastic deal on solar panels, CPS recently purchased 40 Evergreen 205-Watt photovoltaic (PV) panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and sent them to Summit Station, on Greenland's ice cap.

Bringing the world to rural Alaska

Many rural Alaskan towns remain without reliable communications infrastructure, particularly when it comes to the Internet. Rorik Peterson, a mechanical engineer from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, hopes to change that.

Let them eat cake – R/V Sikuliaq construction on schedule!

Assembly of Alaska’s new research vessel, the R/V Sikuliaq (see-KOO-lee-auk), is in full swing. The ship, owned by the National Science Foundation, will be operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System.

Toolik Helicopter Season Commences

Greetings from Spring-delayed Toolik. Summer is nearly upon the remote field station tucked 350 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska, just out of reach of the Brooks Mountain Range. Here at Toolik Field Station, winter lingers. But change is in the air - both in seasonality and to the field station.

Spring Service Call

Some days in the field are more fun than others: Making fresh tracks. Mountains in the distance are part of the Brooks Range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

The Kellyville Upper Atmosphere ARCLITE Project

Turns out, the atmosphere is a lot more dynamic and complicated than a parfait (or even an onion). Professor Jeffrey Thayer’s ARCLITE (Arctic LiDAR Technology) NSF-funded project uses remote sensing techniques to figure out just how complicated the atmosphere really is.

Bringing Virtual Arctic Zooarchaeology to the Public

The Internet can send information from one hemisphere to another in a matter of seconds. Now there is an online resource that can connect scientists, students and educators with thousands of 3D images of animal bones from all over the North American Arctic and Greenland.

Maintaining at Summit

Jim Pottinger enjoys cold weather, so living at Summit Station’s Tent City on the Greenland ice cap for a week was fine by him. Camping atop 3200 meters of ice was one of several new experiences for the Pennsylvania native who travelled to Greenland last summer as part of the PolarTREC Program.

iPhone Apps for the Arctic-minded

This morning I went way down the bunny hole of apps at the iTunes Store where I downloaded weather, currency converter, and requisite ‘best restaurants around’ apps. But, I wanted more – what apps out there are available and relevant to those of us who live in and/or work in the circumarctic?