Inside the Ice Sheet: Caving expedition

The lockdown has ended all hopes of spring field work this year, so I've been reminiscing about the last time I was out in Greenland, in winter 2018. We were on the ice for a second time to explore the moulins, which are large vertical pipes carved into the ice by melt water in summer … Continue reading Inside the Ice Sheet: Caving expedition

Antarctica 2020

On 30th December I left the UK to work in the southern hemisphere for the first time. As part of the MicroMelt project, the aim was to gather samples and measurements from a selection of glaciers on Livingston Island, to better understand and quantify the role of microscopic life on glaciers in transforming and accumulating … Continue reading Antarctica 2020

First view of 2019 field site

It’s an unusually warm 17 C here in Svalbard this week, and the glaciers are responding by shedding their winter snow rapidly. In this short drone clip you can see the areas where snow melt has exposed the glacier ice underneath and dirty streaks where debris has washed over the surface. I’m expecting these warm … Continue reading First view of 2019 field site

Upernavik Field Work 2018

2018 saw the Black & Bloom postdocs exploring a new field site in the north western sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet. After two seasons working in the south west near Kangerlussuaq, the team migrated north to investigate dark ice where the melt seasons are shorter and the temperatures lower. We soon learned that there … Continue reading Upernavik Field Work 2018

Pitching Tents on Ice

In 2017 I slept in various ice-camps in Greenland in spring, summer and autumn. Living on ice requires some specialist techniques different to camping on dry land, and they vary depending on the season. In summer, the main problem is the melting surface. A tent pitched directly on the ice surface will descend into a … Continue reading Pitching Tents on Ice

Storm at Camp Bloom

Summer 2017 seriously challenged the idea that summer in SW Greenland has a reliably stable, clear, dry meteorology. Our field work was characterized by unpredictable swings between weather extremes from blizzards dropping 1ft of snow in an evening to bright sunshine and low wind, to rain and tens of centimeters of surface lowering in a … Continue reading Storm at Camp Bloom

On the ice with the BBC

The BBC Science team joined us for our first twenty-four hours on the ice this year, documented our work on algal darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet. This started in the dusty town of Kangerlussuaq, where I took David Shukman, Kate Stephens and Jonathon Sumberg out to Russell Glacier. There, while I flew the drone … Continue reading On the ice with the BBC

Greenland Field Work 2016

Here is a brief field report from our 2016 field season which i also posted on the Arctic Club website (here). 2016 Greenland Field Work Report Our field work aimed to deepen our understanding of the processes darkening the Greenland Ice Sheet. This is important because the colour of the ice sheet is one of the … Continue reading Greenland Field Work 2016

Iceland Fieldwork 2016

In April this year I had the pleasure or working with a group from Manchester Met and Derby Universities in Iceland. There was opportunity for some useful skills-swapping: I provided some insights into albedo measurements on the ice surface and the MMU team gave me a tour of the mysterious basal ice. The trip was focussed upon the … Continue reading Iceland Fieldwork 2016