What does field research look like? It’s not always glamorous, despite the beautiful icescapes and rugged living conditions. As a grad student whose research up until a few months ago mostly involved creating numerical models to solve nonlinear partial differential equations, the prospect of designing and building a field setup to measure permeability on the… Read More

A week from today, our FirnCover team assembles in Kangerlussuaq for a month-long traverse across Greenland’s vast interior ice sheet.  The majority of prep-work, cargo shipments and customs hassles are done.  A page-long “ToDo” list remains on my desk, the odds and ends of prepping science and tidying affairs before 5-6 weeks abroad.  But sometimes in the din of… Read More

As the last week arrives, I am sure the rest of the team feels a flurry of emotions and thoughts as I do. Some are still scrambling to do last minute preparations with the equipment as there will be no second chances for shipments. The rush of excitement, the curiosity of meeting new team members that… Read More

This short film was produced by CU graduate student, Barbara MacFerrin, as a final project for a Climate Change and Film class.  It was one of 12 released during last night’s Film Fest, which received an Honorable Mention. Climate Change and Film is one of a two-course series offered at the University of Colorado, which… Read More

The first GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) published article: “Observed melt-season snowpack evolution on the Greenland ice sheet“ regarding the 2012 extreme melt season, is now available online! In this small study, scientists are analyzing and interpreting “Snow Processes in the Lower Accumulation Zone” during the 2012 field campaign in Greenland.  Authors are Charalampos (Babis) Charalampidis and Dirk… Read More

After a week of storm days, work, and flight delays, we had a free day that we spent exploring Dye-2. It was fascinating for all to see back into time. The latest date I found was June 1988.… Read More

by Achim Heilig The elevation at KAN-U is the is the lowest of all the sites we visited on the ice sheet at 1840 m asl (6037 ft asl),  which consequently experiences the largest amount of melt.  The ~3-hour, 65km (40 mi) traverse to KAN_U was a relatively smooth journey.  Due to strong katabatic winds that morning, we… Read More