A focused study on the C-band polarimetric scattering and physical characteristics of frost-flower-covered sea ice will be conducted at the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF). Sea ice will be grown in the outdoor pool. Environmental conditions (air temperature, humidity, wind speed) will be monitored using automated sensors, while seawater and ice temperatures will be monitored through a series of thermocouples installed in the water column.
The 2017 International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action will: Bring together diverse expert communities ranging from scientists to decision-makers in order to identify, explore and create mechanisms and venues where science and knowledge can inform the development of policies and decision-making. The Conference will provide a venue for dialogue, discussions and networking.
The major objective of this project is to recover (i) the ice-tethered mooring equipped with current velocity and CTD profilers, (ii) Ice Mass Balance Buoy, and (iii) a time-lapse camera, all deployed in April 2016. The recoveries will be accompanied with the collecting of CTD data along the glacier terminus and within the glacier mélange. The current measurements along with the timeseries of vertical CTD profiles will provide a new piece of information about the release of freshwater from beneath the glacier over the course of the year.
Sailing expedition from St. John’s to southern Greenland and up the west coast to Upernavik (farther north, if time and conditions allow). CTD profiles in fjords to compliment additional cruises in our effort to understand ice sheet-ocean interactions. GPS trackers and a small drone will be used to study iceberg trajectories and iceberg-ocean interactions.
Contact: Dan Carlson
Participants: Wieter Boone, John Mortensen, Filip Meysman, Patrick Meire, Mikael Sejr, Søren Rysgaard
Link to Isaaffik website
With increasing oil exploration activities in the Greenland Sea more information on the ecology and temporal and spatial sensitivity of this very little studied marine ecosystem, is needed for environmental planning and regulation, in order to meet the goal of minimal environmental impact. A Strategic Environmental Study Plan for Northeast Greenland for providing environmental information for planning and regulating oil exploration activities and oil spill response in the Greenland Sea has been established.
Northeast Greenland is a key region for studying past sea ice variability and glacier melt-off and their impact on the environment and biota. Very little research has yet been carried out on the marine realm off NE Greenland, and thus there is a limited understanding of modern and past climate and environment along the NE Greenland shelf and coast. The NorthGreen2017 expedition will focus on the past and current changes in Arctic ice shelves, ocean circulation, sea ice extent, sediment transport and freshwater discharge from the Greenland ice cap.
North Water Polynya Scientific Conference will bring together scientists working on the North Water Polynya Region to present recent research and to discuss status, trends and the future of the North Water Polynya as well as future research needs.