Posted by: sioglac | Dec 1, 2011

The Antarctic Blogworld

It’s a slow Friday here in paradise, so I thought I’d give you some other views of the continent. Since science is a lot less fun in a vacuum, a lot of the crews down here have a blog to (attempt to) communicate their science to the public. Or at the very least, show everyone some pretty pictures. I’m more on the latter side of things, it seems. Anyway, here are some other bloggers from the world of ice:

NASA Earth Observatory: Notes from the Field: This is Lora Koenig’s group’s blog. Lora is a name I’ve heard mentioned many times before, but I had yet to meet her until just last night. Their office is conveniently located across the hall from ours. Their project (Satellite Era Accumulation Traverse, or SEAT) is based out of Byrd Camp, from where they will drive about 400 miles on snowmobiles, collecting radar data, digging snow pits, and taking shallow firn cores. Verifying satellite data on the ground is a subject near and dear to my heart, so they are first on this list. (Oh and their blog is really good.)

The Terra Transcriber: From a PhD student at University of Victoria, Selwyn looks at how Antarctic glaciers looked in the past. And got to fly around in a helicopter, discovering new bits of land here and there. Needless to say, he has amazing pictures and I’m quite jealous.

CReSIS in the Field: The University of Kansas’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) does a whole lot of airborne remote sensing  in these parts and they fly around in really cool (and important in a climatology sense) places. My roommate happens to be the deputy director of CReSIS .

WAIS Divide Project Updates: Not exactly a blog, but field updates from WAIS Divide, where the a 3.3 kilometer (2.1 mile) ice core has been drilled over the past few field seasons. I hope they start a blog once the field season is up and running because WAIS Divide is really cool. There are a few videos on Science360 about WAIS Divide here. Really really cool stuff. On that note, if you are at all interested in stuff I blog about, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Richard Alley’s Two-Mile Time Machine. Or if you are looking a bit more generally, watching his PBS series Earth: The Operator’s Manual

Not Antarctica, but gotta rep Dartmouth here: Dartmouth’s IGERT Polar Research Blog is fantastic. My former labmate, Giff, drove from Thule, Greenland to Summit, Greenland (a bit over 600 miles) stopping for a lot of science a long the way. Giff is a former McMurdo helicopter tech turned awesome scientist. So read his blog. If I get stuck in McMurdo long enough, he’s coming down for WAIS Divide soon…

Now: lunchtime. It’s cupcake day. Couldn’t be more excited.



  1. Dear Matt,
    We are all sitting on the rug this morning following your blog. We enjoyed the pictures and the stories, especially about your Thanksgiving and the Turkey Trot. Who won? The kids are very curious about how you did in the race. Of course they also loved the picture of the ice cream and also the Dr. Penguin sign. The kids would like to know how your research is going and if you have found anything new that you didn’t expect to find. It’s been chilly in San Diego but we can’t complain…we know you are freezing! Was the mountain in the picture named Mt. Discovery? Did you hike it? We hope you are doing well and getting your research finished. Keep in touch with us and we will continue to check your blog!
    Room 11 kids (Zoe says hi and so do all the kids)

  2. Hi there,

    My name is Anna and I’m a good friend of Angie Hoffer’s. I just wanted to say thank you so much for having this blog! It’s been such a fun experience to see what everyone is up to in Antarctica and I’ve learned a lot 🙂

    Before Angie left for the field I had talked to her about setting up a short video-conference or answering email questions with a family friend’s classroom here in New York. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to get it approved before she left..

    Mrs. Felicetta works with a class of 13 second and third grade kids. Right now they’re studying the continents and the kids were very excited about Antarctica.. I know that you are all busy researching and everything, but please let me know if any of you would be willing to set up short meeting with them I know they’d be very excited.

    Please feel free to contact me at

    Thanks so much!

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