U.S. ice scientists travel to Antarctica, Greenland, and high-elevation mountain ranges around the world to conduct field work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Below you can find information about current and upcoming expeditions. You can also read summaries of recent field work or view a timeline of the expeditions.

Completed Expeditions

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2016 Arctic
Image of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Greenland: a Greenland Traverse for Accumulation and Climate Studies (GreenTrACS)

Point of Contact: Erich Osterberg, Dartmouth College
Schedule: 4/25/2016 - 6/11/2016
Equipment: IDDO Hand Auger, Sidewinder Power Drive
Summary: This project will use a hand auger and sidewinder to drill several shallow (20-30 meter depth) ice cores along a traverse in western Greenland from Raven to Summit via snowmobile during the 2016 Arctic season. Continuous ground penetrating radar data will also be collected during the traverse. The research objectives include: (1) determining the patterns, in time and space, of snow accumulation in Western Greenland over the past 20-40 years; and (2) evaluating surface melt refreeze and englacial meltwater storage in the Western Greenland percolation zone over the past 20-40 years.

Photo of fieldwork with SIPRE hand auger

North America: Microbes Promote Ice Formation in Inland Waters

Point of Contact: Robert McKay, Bowling Green State University
Schedule: Approximately 1/1/2016 - 3/1/2016
Equipment: SIPRE Hand Auger
Summary: This project involves the seasonal (winter) acquisition of cores from ice-covered northern (U.S. midwest) temperate lakes and rivers to investigate the spatial and temporal distribution of planktonic ice nucleating activity in fresh water ecosystems.