Intern Spotlight: Phillip Choi (RESESS)

Phillip Choi is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies physics with a minor in geology—and a returning RESESS intern. Phillip enjoyed physics, but wanted to combine his theoretical knowledge with laboratory work. At the University of Pennsylvania, Phillip works in a sediment dynamics and geomorphology laboratory to investigate Earth surface processes from a granular physics perspective.

Updates on a Polar Network: ANET in the 2018-19 Season

Project Overview POLENET, a multiyear NSF-funded project, has entered its third award phase. The team for the 2018-19 Antarctic season, composed of six people, left McMurdo station for the remote field camp of WAIS Divide on December 13th, 2018. During the six-week deployment, the team installed five new GPS stations on the coast of Marie … Continued

Tracking Cryoconite Holes on Canada Glacier

Studying a Moving Target: Tracking Cryoconite Holes on Canada Glacier Overview Researchers from University of Colorado and Portland State University are using cryoconite holes on Canada Glacier, located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, to study microbial communities in their natural environment. Cryoconite holes start as small, dirt-filled depressions on the glacier surface that melt into the ice, … Continued

A Less Invasive, More Accurate Way to Survey Penguin Colonies

Unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) show promise for accurately surveying penguin populations in Antarctica. Two UNAVCO-supported UAS surveys of Adélie penguins this season (2018-19) will lend insight into penguin nesting habits. The first took place in early December 2018 with a key goal of counting the nesting adults. The second was timed with the chick counts … Continued

Designing a Power System for Radars in Greenland

Project Overview The UNAVCO polar services team developed a power system for three radar systems in Greenland for the summer of 2016. The radar was to scan, multiple times a day, the calving front of Jakobshavn Glacier on the west coast of Greenland, near Ilulissat, and Helheim Glacier on the east coast of Greenland, near … Continued

Maintaining POLENET Sites from the South Pole

Overview POLENET in Antarctica is a multidisciplinary NSF-funded project examining the geology and geophysics of the Antarctic continent. The associated network of autonomous GPS and seismic equipment spans much of the continent, enabling researchers to explore the geological history of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, the structure of the Antarctic lithosphere, and the dynamics of continental ice … Continued