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The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC)

In order to estimate the threat from the most unstable glaciers in Antarctica, the UK and the US teamed up in their most important collaboration since WW2 – the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC)) Over the past decades, the amount … Continue reading

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Get ready ! Something cool is coming soon…

… it’s time to return to the coolest of all continents ! In exactly 4 weeks, we will be departing to conduct field research at the Thwaites Glacier – West Antarctica’s weak underbelly. Stay tuned for science updates from the … Continue reading

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More news from nowhere

This is our project… it has been our project for some time, and it will remain our project for some more time. And as David Hasselhoff says, it gets stranger every year: Thanks to my friend Stepan for always fun … Continue reading

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Alpine Glaciology – Virtual Reality Special

Melting mountain glaciers all around our world are poster children for present-day climate change. But how do climate scientists monitor glaciers ? By doing fieldwork ! They go up there after winter to measure how much snow was falling onto … Continue reading

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Back home – Safe’n Sound

We safely returned back to New Zealand ! After a couple of windy days at Jang Bogo, we hitched a ride on the ‘kiwi-herc’. The plane departed from the sea-ice runway, with strong crosswinds causing a rather adventurous take off. … Continue reading

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A day in the field – Virtual Reality Special

Since the early days of polar exploration, public outreach has been an important duty of the few ones who could report from the icy world. Logbooks from whalers, diaries from individual expedition members and even their published work sold like … Continue reading

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Are there rainbows in Antarctica ?

Today, a lesson in optics. Rainbows are formed when sunlight travels through a drop of liquid water. As a sun-ray enters the drop, its direction is refracted because the medium has changed from air to water. This is similar to … Continue reading

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