Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Science Snapshots

Update from science support folks in Greenland

Polar Field Services' science technician Elizabeth Morton brushes snow from instruments mounted on a 50-meter tower at Summit Station. Self-portrait

This time of year, it’s impossible to keep up with the U.S. National Science Foundation‘s program of research in the Arctic — there’s action everywhere!

For now, enjoy these tidbits from our colleagues around Greenland.

Another perspective on Elizabeth Morton, who was pictured above atop Summit Station’s instrument tower:

Medic Luke Nesladek spots Elizabeth Morton as she ascends the tower. Yep, that dot is Elizabeth. Photo: Patrick Wright

When she’s not climbing the instrument tower,  Elizabeth Morton and fellow science tech Andy Clarke have been busy with a group of experiments CPS maintains year-round for long-term observations and campaign experiments.

In the following video, Andy and Elizabeth exhibit their skills as they launch a science balloon carrying instruments for Von Walden’s ICECAPS project. With high winds of 35-40 knots, this balloon launch is quite an impressive feat!


Over at Thule Air Base on Greenland’s northwestern coast, on-the-ground liason Joe Hurley has his hands full. He recently oversaw the relocation of lab space for a band of biologists led by Claudia Green (Czimczik, U California).

This modest lab is a big deal to researchers who need to process and analyze samples in the field. Photo: Joe Hurley

Team Green will spend a long season exploring carbon cycle changes under changing climate conditions. This short video offers glimpses of a lush oasis in Greenland and provides background information on the project. (It also shows us that polar researchers get to stand in some pretty amazing places.)

Science support can look very different down in Kangerlussuaq, the main hub of the U.S. program of arctic research. Behold, pictures from one of two C-17 cargo deliveries this year:

A C-17 plane from the N.Y. Air National Guard's 105th pulls in to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Photo: Kanger crew

The loadmaster supervises C-17 offload--of 68,000 pounds of cargo in about an hour! Photo: Kanger crew

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