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Measuring a Glacier’s Motion

WHILLANS ICE STREAM, ANTARCTICA-- There are two basic projects that we are working on through our field work in Antarctica. One is looking at changes in the ice surface motion through time. To do this we make three types of GPS measurement... {Read More »}



Field Deployment

WHILLANS ICE STREAM, ANTARCTICA-- We landed at our field site after a three hour flight from McMurdo Station. Climbing out of the plane we were in a white flat expanse... {Read More »}



One Month in the Deep Field, Part 4

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND-- The other science component of the project is to image the subglacial lake underneath Whillans Ice Stream. To do this, we set off a series of explosions... {Read More »}



One Month in the Deep Field, Part 2

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND-- We spent the first week or so in the deep field visiting GPS stations that were left out on the ice over-winter and setting out passive seismometers. Whillans Ice Stream behaves in a unique way – it slips twice a day in episodes that are linked to the tidal cycle... {Read More »}



Life on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

WHILLANS ICE STREAM, ANTARCTICA-- In this audio dispatch, I describe our first week in our field camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Hear about our research on lakes under the glaciers and get a slice of life as a remote polar scientist... {Read More »}



The Real Antarctica

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- We have finally made it to McMurdo Station, our first Antarctic stop before our final destination: our remote field site on the Whillans Ice Stream. We’ve been preparing for this for months, but as I'm learning, our preparations are far from over... {Read More »}



Camp Tour

In our live webcast at the Exploratorium last weekend, (Ice Stories: Glaciologists WAIS) we aired some as-of-yet-unseen video dispatches I made at Siple Dome, Antarctica. During the webcast we also mentioned a couple of video… {Read More »}



Looking Back: The Storm

Slawec and I are both back in Santa Cruz now, and will be doing a live webcast at the Exploratorium tomorrow! In the meantime, I'd like to post some more pictures and videos from our… {Read More »}



Antarctic Life: A Look Back At Our Time In the Field, Part 3

The members of our team are now either home or still in the process of making their way there. Looking back at our time in the field here in Antarctica, I want to share some… {Read More »}



Finishing Our Field Work

In this latest audio dispatch, I describe the end of our field work here--taking down our camp and setting our devices so they continue to collect data for us for the next two years. In… {Read More »}