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How to detect crevasses from space

Antarctica is the most hostile environment on the Earth and safety is our number one priority when working on the ice. The danger of hypothermia, frostbite and crevasses are obvious – a scientific measurement is not worth to risk our … Continue reading

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One giant balloon, floating in the Antarctic sky

I’m more than happy to have met this absolute legend, meet my new friend Cesar Villasana – who is launching NASA’s balloons from Antarctica into space. But let me tell you more about it. After a long day at McMurdo, … Continue reading

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Meeting spaced-out people

With being at a very special location, comes interaction with very special beings. During my time in Antarctica, I get the chance to meet some extraordinary people. Some are other scientist on their way to their field sites, others are … Continue reading

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Fun with maps

Where are we going and why is it so important ? The ice in Antarctica rests on solid bedrock – contrary to the ice on the North Pole that floats on ocean water. This means that if any of Antarctica’s … Continue reading

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Introducing the team

If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that ? Conducting good science in Antarctica, requires a good team. Here is the TARSAN team:   Erin Pettit: As the principle investigator of this project, … Continue reading

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Is climate change good or bad for surfing ?

Aloha, we hear it all the time – ‘the surf was way better a couple of years ago’, or ‘I didn’t need a wetsuit when I grew up’. Are these statements only subjective, or is there actually more to it … Continue reading

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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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