After a day of flight delays to the Ice Sheet, I was notified by team lead Mike MacFerrin via satellite communication, that the crew landed safely earlier today at Camp Raven, also known as Dye-2, albeit with a minor occurrence. At one point, the flight crew noticed a gasoline smell inside the aircraft, so as a safety procedure,… Read More


On Tuesday, April 18, the FirnCover team arrived safely in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.   It takes a lot of preparations for a 3 week traverse on the ice sheet. Training meetings abound. Knowing how to use the communications systems, operating and maintaining snow machines properly and covering general safety on the ice sheet in the elements (temperatures… Read More


Today we got up, had breakfast, and loaded onto the Twin Otter to fly up to the EastGRIP site, which is about 300 km north of Summit Camp. EastGRIP is interesting for a number of scientific reasons. It is the upper end of the NorthEast Greenland Ice Stream (so the site is also known as, or… Read More


The whole team made it back to Kangerlussuaq on Friday evening. The plane was delayed a bit getting to us at Dye-2, but luckily we had a sunny and (reasonably) warm day to wait. Everyone came out of field healthy and in good spirits. Some thought that we did not smell good, but I thought… Read More


The FirnCover team traversed from Saddle back to DYE-2 yesterday in lower visibility during a snowfall – but not in very dangerous conditions. With GPS guiding the way, and the ability to see the rest of the team around them, they did arrive safely approximately four hours later. The ride was very smooth with fresh powder… Read More


Our science team has been working virtually non-stop since their arrival on the ice sheet over a week ago.  Since they’ve not had any down time, a storm day would have been welcomed, but with near “balmy” weather every day so far, they’ve been working long 12-hour days – dubbed by the team as “science-palooza days”.… Read More


The FirnCover science team arrived at the EKT site approximately 100 km (~62 mi) NE of DYE 2 Sunday afternoon. The snowmobile traverse was fairly uneventful with the exception of a few “bumps on the road”.  Due to the very rough ride, two of the Zarges aluminum cases flew off one of the sleds after a strap snapped… Read More