South Pole Flow
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South Pole Flow

This is the first season of a new collaborative research project on Characterization of upstream ice and firn dynamics affecting the South Pole Ice Core (SPICE). Details about the SPICE core can be found here: http://spicecore.org/ Our team from University of Washington includes Howard Conway, T.J. Fudge, Ed Waddington, and Max Stevens, and team members … Continue reading

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Instruments for polar studies

  Here is a link to an Eos article about a recent workshop on Instruments for Polar Studies: https://eos.org/meeting-reports/what-instruments-are-available-for-polar-studies   Here are links to information about some of this equipment, and some other useful instruments: Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS): ground-based scanning LiDAR to characterize cm to meter-scale topography. http://www.riegl.com/products/terrestrial-scanning/ Gamma Portable (aka Terrestrial) Radar Interferometry … Continue reading

Ice-shelf seismics
Antarctica / Research / Seismics

Ice-shelf seismics

During the 2012 season we conducted active and passive seismics on Beardmore Glacier, about 30 km upstream from the grounding line. During this season (2013-2014), we conducted seismic experiments on the Ross Ice Shelf a few km downstream of the Beardmore Glacier.       Paul installs GPS receiver (background) and Max installs a passive … Continue reading

Transantarctic outlet glacier dynamics
Antarctica / Research

Transantarctic outlet glacier dynamics

Work on Beardmore Glacier, an outlet glacier in the Transantarctic mountains, has been funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs. I am part of this research project, led by Twit Conway (UW) and Paul Winberry (Central Washington University). Recent observations of rapid changes in discharge of fast-flowing outlet glaciers and ice streams … Continue reading

Put in: soon
Antarctica / Research

Put in: soon

I was optimistic for a timely put-in to our field work, but not unexpectedly we are waiting a few days for weather, planes, and destiny to cooperate. This gives time to reminisce about last year’s put in. First we will go to a location called “Central Transantarctic Mountains”, or CTAM. This was a base of … Continue reading