Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Collaborative Research: Investigating the Influence of Sea-surface Variability on Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Outlet Glacier Behavior using Records from Disko Bugt, West Greenland (Award# 1205062)

PI: Smith, Benjamin Eaton (besmith@uw.edu)
Phone: (206) 543.4043 
Institute/Department: U of Washington, Polar Science Center 
IPY Project?
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARCSS
Program Manager: Dr. Neil Swanberg (nswanber@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Cryosphere |

Project Web Site(s):
NSF_Award_Info: http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=120506...
Data: http://www.unavco.org/crosscutting/cc-data.html
Data: https://arcticdata.io/

Science Summary:
This project will further understanding of ocean-ice-atmosphere interaction around the Jakobshavn Isbrae and Disko Bay region of west Greenland, with a particular focus on the role of sea surface temperature and sea ice variability in modulating past outlet glacier behavior and ice sheet/cap mass balance (snowfall and melt) over the past two centuries. The PIs will reconstruct past environmental conditions in the Disko and Baffin Bay region based on new glaciochemical and stratigraphic records from three 100-m deep ice cores, several firn cores, and geophysical studies from three sites surrounding Disko Bay. Their field activities will commence in 2014 with the primary ice coring activity in 2015 and lab and computation work following to derive climate reconstructions from the cores. The results will complement recent glaciological studies of regional ice dynamic behavior, as well as recent paleoceanographic and glacial geologic reconstructions of conditions from this area and era. Das and Frey will each supervise a full-time PhD student, and Evans will supervise undergraduate research assistants and senior theses. A high school science teacher will also participate in the field work and interact with students at his school in Massachusetts as well as from the ice.

Logistics Summary:
This collaborative effort between Das (1205196, WHOI), Evans (1205008, Wheaton), Frey (1205018, Clark U), and Smith (1205062, UW) will study ocean-ice-atmosphere interaction around the Jakobshavn Isbrae and Disko Bay region of west Greenland, with a particular focus on the role of sea surface temperature and sea ice variability in modulating past outlet glacier behavior and ice sheet/cap mass balance (snowfall and melt) over the past two centuries. Two field seasons, in 2014 and 2015, will enable the research. Logistic details under 1205196.

SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2014Greenland - Disko Island0
2014Greenland - Ilulissat0
2014Greenland - Kangerlussuaq0
2014Greenland - Nuussuaq0
2015Greenland - Disko Island0
2015Greenland - Ilulissat0
2015Greenland - Kangerlussuaq0
2015Greenland - Nuussuaq0
 


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