In preparation for our upcoming @greenland_caves expedition to NE Greenland, we needed to test our drilling gear. We decided to combine the test with taking a genuine cave sample for a project that Gina is working on with Professor John Gunn (Uni. Bham). The test went well and we retrieved the core sample! @uniinnsbruck@unibirmingham@hiltiaustria
This photo of Vandredalen in Northeast Greenland was taken earlier last week. This is where our expedition began in 2015, and where we will go back to this year. The snow cover seems really low this year, which we can also see on the satellite images.
After a decade of mapping Earth’s most remote polar landscapes, our Operation IceBridge enters its final year. Using a fleet of research aircraft, the mission studies annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets to better understand connections between polar regions and the global climate system.
Now, it will hand the torch over to one of our newest satellite missions, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, also known as ICESat-2. From space, ICESat-2 will use take precise measurements of elevation that allows scientists to see where ice is flowing, melting or growing, and to investigate the global impacts of these changes.