Soot Sample Team and Gear in Place for Dark Snow

July 6, 2013


Ice Reflectivity expert Mckenzie Skiles arrived this morning in Kangerlussuaq, and the team is now together at the terminal waiting our flight to Nuuk, staging area for the next ice sheet attempt.(photo by Jason Box)

We spent the night at KISS (Kangerlussuaq International Science Support), revisiting the Polar Bear cafe – try number 43,  the musk ox panang,  or the musk ox pizza – and did follow up interviews at the Watson River bridge with Jason and ice sheet expert Dr. Alun Hubbard, which I’ll be integrating in a future video. Takehome message: the ice sheet is beginning to accelerate at depth, and Greenland is deglaciating at a rate not seen in 10,000 years.

Dr. Alun Hubbard, Glacier expert at Aberystwyth University(photo by Sara Penrhyn Jones)

With the arrival of JPL’s Mckenzie Skiles this morning, the team is now complete for our planned jump to the ice sheet on monday or tuesday.  It’s a trip that is somewhat unusual, Jason calls it “adventurous”, for a chopper, and will require prepositioning of fuel at a depot along the flight path.  Unusual enough that we’ll be needing an additional clearance from higher ups at Air Greenland monday morning.

Don’t leave home without it. Mckenzie Skiles’ spectrometer.

Among the items we checked thru Air Greenland this morning was the ice drill that Jason and Mckenzie will use to extract a core of the 2012 melt layer, which should not be that deep, but likely pretty solid ice due to the surface melt last year. In addition, Mckenzie has brought a spectrometer that will keep track of snow albedo.

Waiting out coastal fog in the Kangerlussuaq terminal, we’re all sipping coffee and catching up online.

Looking out over the inland ice sheet at 3 am this morning. We drove/hiked to the highest point in these parts, a knob called Sugarloaf, and watched the sun come over the edge of the Fjord.(photo by Sara Penrhyn Jones)

Jason Box and myself on Black Ridge, overlooking the Watson River at Kangerlussuaq. In the distance you can see the airstrip, built originally during the cold war for B-52s. (photo by Sara Penrhyn Jones)

Mckenzie Skiles’ Facebook page

Sara Penryhn Jones Facebook page

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