Melting of the Poles: Greenland & Iceland

August 15, 2009

Reflections on an ice-cold summer

We are back from the cold desert of ice where lakes and streams of meltwater create suggestive oases. The experiment was successful and we collected all the data we wanted to, and more. It was harder than I thought to deploy the boat and prepare it every time for each experiment. However, we made it […]

August 12, 2009

Sled dogs, taxicabs and a midnight sun

ILULISSAT, Greenland | First things first: The boat is with us. Hallelujah! And the nice person with the airline charged us for only half the excessive weight. The flight to Ilulissat was three and a half hours, with gray skies all the way–so no chance to see the ice sheet below. The fog and clouds […]

July 10, 2009

Room With a Boat

REYKJAVIK, Iceland | Well, the boat finally showed up. After its useless trip to the Arctic, we’re leaving nothing to chance. We’re keeping the boat with us in our hotel room. Tomorrow we fly to Ilulissat, Greenland. We were supposed to go hiking on a glacier today but I only arrived this morning instead of […]

July 3, 2009

Lost in Transit

In preparation for our expedition, we shipped 300 pounds of equipment in six crates. We were very nervous losing control of the equipment, and as it turned out our anxiety was well-founded. Five of the six boxes made it safely to Ilulissat. The missing shipment was a large wooden cratebox containing one of the most […]

June 25, 2009

Summer on Ice

You don’t have to be an expert in atmospheric science to know that extensive decreases in glaciers and ice caps are contributing to the world’s rising sea levels. But how and why are they melting? Therein lies my mission for the summer. In my field of earth and atmospheric studies, we know that a major […]