Navigating this blog

Welcome to ToThePoles blog. The posts here will be divided into six distinct categories: Cryosphere: posts about ice and snow including paper reviews and commentary, trip reports etc Adventure: posts about field work reports, logistics, stories etc from all kinds of adventures Science/Tech: posts about general science and technology including tutorials. Strong computer science, cloud … Continue reading Navigating this blog

Q&A: St Laurence Jr School, Ramsgate

The Year 6 Students at St Laurence Junior School in Ramsgate are lucky enough to be studying "Extreme Earth", so I visited to talk about Earth's extreme cold. Two of the students wrote a report about it here. We talked about different types of ice (ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice), climate change and how/why … Continue reading Q&A: St Laurence Jr School, Ramsgate

Greenland Aurora

Camping on the ice sheet in September/October was a new experience - I'd never seen darkness on the ice before! The lack of light pollution and cloud-free skies made for a truly spectacular display of the Northern Lights. It was -25C and 35 knot winds pretty much constantly, so it was a constant battle between … Continue reading Greenland Aurora

Nouvelles Explorations Festival, Royan

Arriving in balmy Royan (France) straight from a frosty ice camp in Greenland was a welcome shock to the system. The small seaside town was home to a five day celebration of geographical and intellectual exploration - the Festival des Nouvelles Explorations. I had the pleasure of talking about icy science on Thursday afternoon and … Continue reading Nouvelles Explorations Festival, Royan