We’ve been working through a phase change at Summit Station this week, exchanging a talented crew of six for a talented crew of five. When the NSF research station closed for the season in mid-August, staff spent the next weeks putting a summer’s worth of equipment and infrastructure to bed while supporting experiments that run year round.
This week, activities focused on handing the station over to the new crew. Funded and managed by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program in cooperation with the Government of Greenland, Summit Station is home to more than two dozen year-round experiments. In addition to NSF, NOAA and international agencies fund these observations and experiments, which provide important information related to atmospheric sciences and climate change. Along with continued operation of these ongoing research efforts, our staff must perform preventive maintenance on the station’s vehicles, deep clean and repair station facilities, conduct complete inventories of all stock–all while making water, tending to the station, and seeing each other through the long dark period now just around the corner.