I just chatted to the field team. They remain in very good spirit. The melt has been very limited by cloud and low temperatures over the last week, and there … Continue Reading Melting restarts in earnest
New to the ice By Andy Connelly I am writing this on the way home after a successful eighteen days working on the Greenland ice sheet. As a lab manager … Continue Reading Lab Manager Andy Connelly was new to the ice. Here’s his blog.
We have just had a partial crew change, with Andy and Jim returning to Leeds and Alex A(nesio), Liane and Laura coming into camp. The transition has been pretty smooth, and … Continue Reading Ewa’s blog of the first 16 days…….
News from the team is that the melt is proceeding quickly now, but that they are dealing with the slush relatively easily. We are fortunate that the snow depth in … Continue Reading Field Team managing the slush comfortably so far
Chris called from camp this morning and reports that the melt is on. Bizarrely, the surface around the camp seems to have gone up by about 5 cm, presumably because … Continue Reading The melt is on……
A text from the field team’s satellite phone says that the snow is starting to melt slowly. The snowmelt chemist in me is very excited now, because melting and freezing cycles … Continue Reading Snow is melting slowly
All is well at the snow camp, morale is high and the team are still busy sampling snow. Last night was cloudy, and they were on high alert for a … Continue Reading Waiting on a sunny day…..
Jim and Andy have the met station up and running, and air temperatures are down to -6 C at night and above freezing during the day. Alex, Chris and Jenine have been … Continue Reading Snowpack ready to melt
News from the team is that the first day and night went. They are all warm, happy and comfortable. The mess and science tents have been erected, and the six … Continue Reading All well and warm in camp
Sampling snow last year – compare how bright the white snow surface is with the image below. The first team was successfully deployed on the ice sheet this afternoon, and … Continue Reading Slush puppies camped on snow and ice
The first 2017 Black and Bloom field team are heading back to Greenland in just under 2 days time to begin their snow – slush – ice field camp. This … Continue Reading First 2017 field team ready to hit the ice!
Online Early version here (copyedited version soon). The ‘bioalbedo effect’ is the enhanced melting of snow and ice due to living organisms growing on it. Life can change the colour of the … Continue Reading JGR Paper: Modelling bioalbedo of snow
November saw an exchange visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab for Joe, the Work Package 3 post-doc. After joining us in the field in summer 2016, JPL postdoc Johan Nilsson … Continue Reading WP3 JPL visit
It’s been about six weeks since we returned from the field, and time has flown. Most of us caught up on holiday, and Ewa top trumped all of us by … Continue Reading Progress since returning from the field
The final field team of the season exited the field on Saturday 20th August, challenging the Sikorsky S-61’s pilots to take off with a packed-to-the-rafters helicopter at 100% power. After … Continue Reading First field season is over
It’s not just the large lab and mess tents that we had to shift every few days – our personal tents were also constantly on the move as we tried … Continue Reading Moving house on the Greenland Ice Sheet, part II