I’m Kaitlin, a cohort 1 IGERTeer, and I haven’t blogged since our 2010 field seminar in Greenland. Since then, I have been busy finishing my required coursework and now have the luxury of focusing solely on research. That research is what brings me back to our IGERT blog. As you may, or probably may not, remember, I study firn in Greenland, which is the 50-100m of snow on top of the Greenland ice sheet (not fern, the leafy plant). I have travelled from Dartmouth to Copenhagen, Denmark, to continue my firn research.
The Center for Ice and Climate (CIC) is housed at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, and is an important research center in the ice coring community. Most recently they’ve lead the NEEM deep drilling project, which generated a new deep ice core in Greenland in record speed (http://neem.dk/). I’ve come to the CIC to work with two firn cores that are stored here in Copenhagen.
In the next couple of months, I will be taking measurements on these firn cores, which I will compare to the firn measurements I have taken back home at Dartmouth. While here in Copenhagen, I will also learn more about the Danish ice coring community, meet other scientists in this very international field, and learn about Danish culutre. I plan to do all of this without out eating too many of these: