Greetings from the newest crew of IGERT students! We’re about to begin our journey to Greenland and encourage you to follow along. We’ll be blogging regularly throughout our trip and will be sharing photos and stories of our adventures, our science, and our outreach activities. Our cohort is made up of five Dartmouth PhD students with various specialties: Lee Corbett (Earth Science), Ali Giese (Earth Science), Steph Gregory (Engineering), Jess Trout-Haney (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and Chelsea Vario (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). We will all be blogging and providing perspectives from our various disciplines. A number of Dartmouth faculty will also be joining us throughout our trip, including Mary Albert, Matt Ayres, Ian Baker, Lenore Grenoble, and Ross Virginia, as well as Research Assistant Courtney Hammond.
As a preview of coming attractions, a rough itinerary of our travels is as follows:
- July 17: Drive to Scotia NY, the location of the 109th New York Air National Guard Base
- July 18: Fly to Kangerlussuaq, western Greenland, with the National Guard
- July 20-23: Study snow and glaciers at Summit (the center of the Greenland Ice Sheet)
- July 26- August 5: Fieldwork in Kangerlussuaq, including a week-long backcountry trip
- August 6-18: Science outreach in Nuuk (the capital of Greenland)
- August 19-21: Brief return to Kangerlussuaq
- August 22: Fly home
Map of Greenland showing the IGERT crew’s travel plan for field season 2012. Locations of ice core drilling sites are shown with stars; contours indicate approximate ice sheet surface elevation. Red arrows show our travel route, with red numbers denoting the order of events. Map created by Lee Corbett.
Note also that I’ll be heading up to Thule, northwestern Greenland, on August 9th for the continuation of my dissertation fieldwork. I’ll be blogging on that trip as well.
Please follow along as our adventures continue!