EVENT: Live from the Arctic - Unlocking Earth's Environmental History

U.S. National Science Foundation

The ice sheets near the Earth’s poles contain ancient ice formed from continuous snow accumulation over thousands of years. Using ice cores, scientists can study the old air trapped in the ice, which unlocks mysteries of Earth’s environmental history. 

On June 27 at 1 pm EST, join researchers from the University of California Irvine live from NSF Summit Station, Greenland as they study historical changes in atmospheric levels of hydrogen using a newly drilled ice core from the Greenland ice cap. Because of the unique challenges posed by hydrogen’s small molecular size, the researchers are bringing their instruments to Greenland to analyze samples as soon as they are retrieved! 

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New York’s 109th Airlift Wing Begins 2024 Greenland Missions

Tech. Sgt. Madison Scaringe | 109th Air Wing |

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. - Four LC-130 “Skibirds” and about 75 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing began the annual Greenland season supporting the National Science Foundation. 

The 109th flies the largest ski-equipped aircraft in the world, capable of landing on snow and ice. The wing conducts resupply missions for American scientific research in Antarctica when it is winter in New York and in Greenland during the summer months. 

In 2023, the wing’s Airmen carried 2.4 million pounds of cargo and 86,000 gallons of fuel and delivered 1,300 passengers to science stations in Greenland. They flew a total of 721 hours. 

The aircraft and Airmen are currently in the second of six rotations of 75 to 100 Airmen and four aircraft scheduled throughout the summer support season. 

The Airmen fly from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, near Schenectady, New York, to Kangerlussuaq International Airport in Greenland, which serves as their operating base.

Greenland Science Workshop, April 3-5, 2024: Registration, agenda, and travel info available

FOGSS organizing committee
We’re excited to welcome you to the University of Idaho, both in-person and virtually, for this year’s Future Of Greenland ice Sheet Science (FOGSS) workshop. We hope you’ll join us to identify the guiding goal for the Future of Greenland ice Sheet Science workshops as well as map the big missions necessary to achieve this guiding goal. Over April 3rd and 4th, we’ve arranged a 2-day meeting agenda with plenty of time to discuss these topics and build inspiration—both with each other and from other leaders of large-scale collaborative efforts. Our agenda, and more information about the workshop, is available here: On Friday, April 5th, we’ll host a series of tutorials and opportunities to learn more deeply about the software and datasets that can accelerate your science. For those developing community resources: We have a number of software and data tutorials already confirmed for April 5th. However, we welcome other contributions. Please respond to this email if you have a software or data tool that you would like to demo or share broadly with your community.

Summit Station Science (summer 2023)

Summit Science Coordination Office (SCO)
It was a busy summer of science at Summit Station in 2023. The station saw an expansion of astrophysical equipment to measure neutrinos from space. The Radar Echo Telescope (RET) will be a nice complement to the existing Radio Neutrino Observatory in Greenland (RNO-G), which has been gearing up at Summit for the past few years. In addition, two ice coring projects acquired relatively short ice cores for studying atmospheric gases and aerosols. To top it off, the long-standing ICECAPS project at Summit made special observations of atmospheric aerosol concentrations and size distributions using a novel kite.

NY Air Guardsmen Move Cargo, Fuel, People to Greenland Camp

Jaclyn Lyons | New York National Guard
STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SCOTIA, N.Y. –The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing wrapped up its annual support to the National Science Foundation in Greenland when Airmen and LC-130 “Skibirds” returned to Stratton Air National Guard Base on Aug. 23. The unit supplied 2.4 million pounds of cargo, eighty-six-thousand gallons of fuel and delivered 1300 passengers to research locations across the Greenland Ice Cap. The wing’s aircrews flew a total of 721 hours support the science stations from April to August. Four hundred Airmen rotated through the mission during the five-month time frame. Three LC-130 Hercules aircraft were deployed during each of the seven deployment periods.

Science at the Summit – the research centre high on Greenland’s ice sheet

Jean de Pomereu | Geographical

At the apex of the Greenland ice sheet, a community of 41 scientists and support staff carry out cutting-edge research into everything from climate change to particle physics

For two hours, I had been sitting amid heavy cargo inside the hot, cavernous fuselage of a ski-equipped New York National Air Guard Hercules C-130. Other than the pilots, the aircraft carried just me, two loadmasters and Mike Jayred, a highly reputed ice-coring engineer who has spent the past two decades extracting some of the oldest and most precious climate records ever retrieved from Greenland and Antarctica. Any attempts at conversation were drowned out by the pressurisation, the roar of the propellor engines and our fluorescent earplugs.

NY Air Guard's 109th Airlift Wing readies for Greenland missions

Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Tuller | 109th Airlift Wing
STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, New York -- Three LC-130 “Skibirds”, and around 75 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing will be heading for Greenland at the end of April to support National Science Foundation science research there. The 109th flies the largest aircraft in the world which are capable of landing on snow and ice and conduct resupply missions for American scientific research in Antarctica when it is winter in New York and in Greenland during the summer months.

Highlights of 2021 at Summit

Summit Science Coordination Office (SCO)
Rare rain event occurs at Summit Station. During the summer of 2021, it rained at Summit Station on August 14th. Liquid water occurs often in the atmosphere at Summit in a couple of different forms. Researchers often observe supercooled liquid water clouds over the station in summer. Most of the time, these water droplets are mixed with ice crystals to create “mixed-phase” clouds. Station personnel also observe rime on structures. Riming occurs when supercooled water droplets collide with a surface, then freeze, creating an icy glaze. This is something that the science technicians must contend with to keep outdoor instruments happy and healthy.

Future of Greenland Ice Sheet Science (FOGSS) Workshop: April 6-8, 2022

Summit Science Coordination Office (SCO)

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a collaborative workshop targeted at identifying the Future of Greenland Ice Sheet Science. Although this workshop is organized at the behest of U.S.-based funding agencies, we invite the perspectives and participation of our international colleagues as well.

The Future of Greenland Ice Sheet Science (FOGSS) workshop descends from the successful legacies of the previous NASA PARCA and NSF GEOSummit workshop. The FOGSS workshop will consist of collaborative priority-setting discussions as well as brief presentations focused on increasing the impact of existing and proposed research activities in Greenland.

We have launched a website containing further information regarding the structure and orientation of this workshop, which is scheduled over Zoom for three hrs per day, April 6-8.

Greenland Pummeled By Snow One Month After Its Summit Saw Rain For The First Time

Becky Sullivan | NPR
Just a month after rainfall was recorded for the first time ever at Greenland's highest point, the island is expecting up to four feet of snow from the remnants of Hurricane Larry — the rare tropical storm to stay intact so far north. Hurricane-force gusts topped 100 miles per hour at Kulusuk Airport near Greenland's southeast coast. At Tasiilaq, the largest town in the region, sustained winds reached 55 miles per hour, with gusts of over 90.