Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Notes From Summit Station

Katrine Gorham, the Polar Field Services science project manager at Greenland’s Summit Station, has been keeping busy participating in PolarTREC’s Polar Connect, helping wrap up the summer field season and usher in the fall crew, and documenting the experience. Recently she sent some images our way.

Phase I and Summer Science Techs: Adam Maerz, Matt Okraszewski, Katrine Gorham, Brad Halter, Elizabeth Morton, and Andy Clarke (left to right). The three on the left are the incoming phase I techs and the three on the right are the outgoing summer techs. This was taken right before the last Herc out of Summit for 2010. All photos: Katrine Gorham

The Summit population is five folks now, all of whom are settling into a routine, reports Ed Stockard, Summit Station Manager. Last week temperatures ranged between -7C and -30C, with winds from the NE averaging about 10 knots. Reports Ed: “Much of the week seemed unusually warm for this time of year.”

Matt Okraszewski peeks out of a drill site about three miles from Summit camp. The crew was digging pits in search of a buried borehole casing.

Katrine Gorham, Elizabeth Morton, and Adam Maerz (front to back) collect surface snow samples for researchers at the Desert Research Institute.

The Summit crew has daily tasks that include keeping the year-round science experiments and the station infrastructure running, making water, conducting work and safety meetings, recording weather, maintaining equipment, and more.

Adam Maerz brushes snow off of one of the Swiss solar instruments.

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