Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: 2019 Undergraduate Greenland Workshop (Award# 1838095)

PI: Samson, Perry (
Phone: (734) 763.6213 
Institute/Department: U of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Science 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\PSI
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach | Meteorology and Climate |

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Science Summary:
Faculty from four different institutions will organize and manage a workshop for undergraduates that will provide an opportunity to learn how to conduct meteorological research in Greenland. Students who participate in this experience will learn how to make measurements of energy fluxes and upper air observations at or near the Greenland ice sheet. They will also learn about the history of weather and climate measurements in Greenland and get the opportunity to share cultures with faculty and college students from Greenland. The workshop will be held in Albany, New York and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and potentially include training at Summit Station, high (11,000 ft.) on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Applications for participation in the workshop will be available in early 2019. Selection of the workshop attendees will be made by a committee of faculty from four different institutions, including the University of Michigan, Virginia Tech University, Hampton University, and the University of Albany. Students who attend the workshop will benefit from an exceptional experiential learning opportunity for undergraduates. The group will include students and faculty from Greenland, providing an opportunity for international collaborations. The workshop contributes to NSF's Strategic Objective 2.2 "STEM Workforce: Foster the growth of a more capable and diverse research workforce and advance the scientific and innovation skills of the Nation." (NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022).

Logistics Summary:
In 1926 a University of Michigan Greenland Expedition was led by Professor William Herbert Hobbs as a reconnaissance to establish plans for subsequent expeditions to measure geophysical properties. The journey led to some of the first meteorological and geological observations on the island of Greenland. Subsequent expeditions identified the characteristics of Greenland climate including the katabatic winds associated with the Greenland Ice Sheet. The goal of this new project will be both scientific and cultural. Scientifically, participants will take atmospheric measurements near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland that will mirror measurements made by the Hobbs expedition. Culturally, the participants will work with undergraduate students from Greenland to share experiences and cultures. These exchanges will be coordinated with the Head of Representation for Greenland at the Embassy of Denmark. The team will deploy during June 2019 for about a week and will work based in Kangerlussuaq. The group will consist of 14 undergraduates and 4 faculty from the US, and 4 participants from the University of Greenland in Nuuk (who will travel commercially to Kangerlussuaq to join the fieldwork). Participants traveling from the US will attend a pre-deployment training in Albany, NY for ~3 days prior to northbound flights via Air National Guard (ANG). Once in Greenland the group will camp for one night during the period at the ice edge near point 660 with the remainder of their nights spent in the KISS building. If time and space allow, the group will visit Summit Station on a turnaround flight.

CPS will provide Air National Guard coordination (pax and minimal cargo), lodging at KISS, meals in Kangerlussuaq, truck use in Kangerlussuaq, camp & safety equipment, additional cold weather clothing not provided by the participants themselves (either from CPS inventory or procured). The PI’s will cover all other logistics and travel between Nuuk and Kangerlussuaq for Greenlandic participants from the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2019Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 18 / 2019 06 / 28 / 201918

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