Team members Mike and Sasha spent all day yesterday traversing a total of 330km round trip via snowmobile from DYE2 to NASA SE and back to do a repair on a station.  They returned around 2300 local time last night, ate a quick dinner and turned in. Today they are taking it easy and enjoying some… Read More

Our FirnCover team has completed all the work on their traverses and are back at DYE 2 station.  However, yesterday, two members of the team were scheduled to do a very long traverse to repair an instrument at NASA SE that they couldn’t do when they were previously there due to a missing part. I… Read More

Our science team successfully completed work at the KAN-U site over the past three days. Even though today had some moderate winds, they were able to traverse to the EKT site.  So far everything has been going pretty smoothly and they’re on schedule – although weather tomorrow is questionable.  … Read More

The science team arrived at KAN-U yesterday afternoon after weather conditions had improved enough for a safe snowmobile traverse. The traverse took about 4-5 hours and is located NW of DYE-2. They have a lot of work scheduled at this location including ice core drilling, installation of weather stations and GPS units which will take at least… Read More

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

Crew inside C-130

Our science crew took off this morning from Albany NY with the Air National Guard en route to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. From all of us here back home, we wish them a safe and successful field season!… Read More

We are ramping up a new field season as we fly out to Kangerlussuaq early Monday morning. This year will be a particularly memorable year. As you may be aware, on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, there will be a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington DC and over 500 cities… 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