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April 22, 2014

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2:03 PM | Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt: Dark Snow 2014
Here’s an article I recently wrote with professor Jason Box of Dark Snow – keep checking here for updates on our field plans for Greenland 2014! Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt Greenland […]
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2:03 PM | Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt: Dark Snow 2014
Here’s an article I recently wrote with professor Jason Box of Dark Snow – keep checking here for updates on our field plans for Greenland 2014! Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt Greenland […]

April 18, 2014

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1:55 PM | "Life in the Freezer"
Wildlife cameraman Doug Allen is cold weather specialist."... he did not expect an easy assignment – it is usually -32°C in April, the wind is vicious and hauling cameras in the deep snow is a nightmare. After walking five or more hours a day and watching polar bear dens in the snow slopes for 23 days, however, Allan had seen just one mother bear and her cub."

April 17, 2014

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7:48 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65
We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…
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7:48 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65
We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…

April 16, 2014

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4:51 AM | Predicting the effect of anomalous sea ice loss and increasing sea surface temperatures on global storm systems
Azara Mohammadi – To become a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Soumik Basu moved from his home in Kolkata, India to a region infamous for its “below zero” weather: Interior Alaska. Basu left warm weather and his family (not to mention his mother’s cooking) because “The climate is changing, so I wanted to study how these changes in the climate affect the storm activities over the Northern Hemisphere.” Specifically, Basu came to UAF to […]
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4:51 AM | Predicting the effect of anomalous sea ice loss and increasing sea surface temperatures on global storm systems
Azara Mohammadi – To become a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Soumik Basu moved from his home in Kolkata, India to a region infamous for its “below zero” weather: Interior Alaska. Basu left warm weather and his family (not to mention his mother’s cooking) because “The climate is changing, so I wanted to study how these changes in the climate affect the storm activities over the Northern Hemisphere.” Specifically, Basu came to UAF to […]

April 14, 2014

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4:58 PM | Sharks Contain More Pollutants Than Polar Bears
Greenland sharks joined the list of top Arctic predators that suffer under heavy loads of accumulated persistent organic pollutants in their bodies. Continue reading →
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10:03 AM | Arctic Ozone Hole Looking Good
A global ban on the chemicals that caused the Antarctic ozone hole was successful in staving off one in the Arctic.

April 11, 2014

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3:07 PM | Measuring NEP
Some under- and post-grad students recently asked me to explain how to measure NEP in cryoconite holes, and this post represents a brief overview on their behalf – apologies to other readers […]

April 10, 2014

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2:25 PM | Smart Car Tipping Is a Thing Now, Fox News by the Numbers, Sea Monsters on Vacation
By Jason Bittel Faux News: According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate change coverage by the Fox News Channel in 2013 was only accurate 28 percent of the time. The rest of the time, the network either understated the reality or effects of climate change, misled the debate, or flat-out dissed on climate science. But wait! Before you get too discouraged, you should know that this is actually an improvement for Fox. In 2012, the network’s […]
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2:15 PM | Camp Dark Snow 2014
Today marks the end of this semester’s teaching and hopefully a return to both research activity and posting on TTP! Greenland 2014 has become a collaborative effort with team Dark […]
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2:15 PM | Camp Dark Snow 2014
Today marks the end of this semester’s teaching and hopefully a return to both research activity and posting on TTP! Greenland 2014 has become a collaborative effort with team Dark […]

April 08, 2014

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10:17 PM | The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. "I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, the silt and the minerals and the frozen carbon, affects the lake in a lot of different ways. It can change the chemistry and the... Read more
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10:17 PM | The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. "I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, the silt and the minerals and the frozen carbon, affects the lake in a lot of different ways. It can change the chemistry and the... Read more
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12:57 PM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #64
Kingfishers, fish-eagles, orioles, flycatchers, lovebirds, wagtails, bush-shrikes, broadbills, bee-eaters, and laughing-thrushes… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard for 2014! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph…
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12:57 PM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #64
Kingfishers, fish-eagles, orioles, flycatchers, lovebirds, wagtails, bush-shrikes, broadbills, bee-eaters, and laughing-thrushes… A fantastic collection of wild bird photographs that sets the standard for 2014! All these photographers need to be commended for their commitment and skill. We need to do everything we can to make sure that our children get to see, hear and photograph…
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12:49 PM | Permafrost thawing could accelerate global warming
A team of researchers lead by Florida State University have […]

April 02, 2014

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3:22 PM | Snowy Owl Irruption
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – This winter snowy owls were on the move; unusually large numbers of the magnificent birds made their way to the Lower 48 United States. With a wing span greater than four feet and distinctive plumage, snowy owls are a glorious sight. The birds' winter migrations normally take them to Canada's southern provinces. Some birds come all the way to the northern U.S. – especially near the coasts. Yet this year snowy owls winged their... Read more
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3:22 PM | Snowy Owl Irruption
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – This winter snowy owls were on the move; unusually large numbers of the magnificent birds made their way to the Lower 48 United States. With a wing span greater than four feet and distinctive plumage, snowy owls are a glorious sight. The birds' winter migrations normally take them to Canada's southern provinces. Some birds come all the way to the northern U.S. – especially near the coasts. Yet this year snowy owls winged their... Read more

April 01, 2014

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12:53 AM | Climate Change Impacts Around the World — In One Graphic
Here’s my take-away on the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was released today: Regardless of what you may hear on radio and television shout-fests masquerading as journalism, the best science leads to one simple conclusion: If we want to reduce the risks of significant climate change that would challenge our […]The post Climate Change Impacts Around the World — In One Graphic appeared first on ImaGeo.

March 31, 2014

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5:37 PM | Apocalypse now? Climate change already damaging agriculture, acidifying seas, and worsening extreme weather
It's not just melting glaciers and bizarrely-early Springs anymore; climate change is impacting every facet of human civilization from our ability to grow enough crops to our ability to get along with each other, according to a new 2,300-page report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The massive report, from the Nobel Prize-winning body, states definitively that climate change is already affecting human societies on every continent, including decreasing agricultural […]

March 28, 2014

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11:00 AM | Polar Week 6: Profiles from the Arctic – the making of a web documentary
GUEST POST by Katriina O’Kane APECS member and independent film-maker Last summer, my colleague Evan Hall and I travelled to the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) base in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Located in one of the northernmost villages in Canada, PCSP is the main research logistics centre in the Canadian high Arctic. The PCSP coordinates flights, ships supplies and hosts researchers who work throughout Canada’s northern archipelago. Despite being trained as a scientist, I […]

March 26, 2014

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11:00 AM | Polar Week 5: Science and community – connecting the dots
GUEST POST by Samantha Darling APECS member and Coordinator for First Nations Initiatives, Yukon College As an academic researcher, it can be easy to get caught up in the politics, numbers and deadlines that make up a typical academic setting. In doing so, there is the ongoing danger of forgetting to make the results of northern research relevant to the general public. Funding programs that incorporate academic community visits and local science out-reach organizations are two approaches that […]
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1:40 AM | Tram Powered International Tundra Experiment
Liz O'Connell for Frontier Scientists – Multiple instruments, configured along a tram-like platform, sense the tundra below and gather detailed data while traveling along a 50 meter transect.  “We are gathering measurements that we don’t know exactly how they will be used,” said Steven Oberbauer, professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. The high resolution information is more detailed than that gained by a satellite or by a […]
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1:40 AM | Tram Powered International Tundra Experiment
Liz O'Connell for Frontier Scientists – Multiple instruments, configured along a tram-like platform, sense the tundra below and gather detailed data while traveling along a 50 meter transect.  “We are gathering measurements that we don’t know exactly how they will be used,” said Steven Oberbauer, professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. The high resolution information is more detailed than that gained by a satellite or by a […]
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