Archive for May, 2011

Kobbefjord microclimatological instrument vist

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I am visiting Greenland’s geologic survey, Asiaq. Asiaq is the name for the goddess of weather and change. Asiaq is gathering important data for assessing Greenland’s climate.

Kobbefjord, near Nuuk, Greenland

Six of us meet early at Asiaq for a van to the harbor to a boat transport to Kobbefjord. By ski we made a 7 km round trip tour to service automated micro-climatological instrumentation.

One of two ‘twin’ climate stations in Kobbefjord. The redundant stations ensure data continuity and the possibility to assess uncertainty in point measurements. In the background are visible snow accumulation and surface radiation budget instrumentation.

Mark Andrew Pernosky gathers data from a climate station.

The Kobefjord installation is part of a long term ecological observations system that includes stream flow discharge, lake level, tundra fen methane capture (and other surface carbon budget sampling), snow cover automatic cameras, and more. The systems perspective is important in trans-disciplinary research.

Greenland expedition XXI begins

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I’m sitting in the busy Newark airport waiting for commercial air flight to Greenland via a 2 h layover in Copenhagen. I would have preferred a direct flight with the US Air National Guard 1 week ago, but had to postpone to wait at home instead of waiting in Greenland for delayed field operations to begin.

Goals for field work include maintaining meteorological and camera equipment beside key Greenland outlet glaciers.

With some luck, I will return with some very impressive images from the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) time lapse cameras. James Balog, spokesperson and what I say “executive futurist” for EIS has loaned my a very nice lens for my camera with which to hopefully bag some very nice aerial oblique images of major Greenland glaciers, hopefully under the near-dusk ‘magic hour’ light. The images are to be used in a book James is working on that features rarely seen Greenland glacier landscapes.

Flight is boarding. I gotta run.

Wish us luck! We need it!