Friday, July 12, 2013

Dark Snow Project - July 2013

With tightening budgets, increasing numbers of important projects are being short-funded or defunded altogether.  Here's an example of a young scientist, Jason Box taking matters into his own hands and with the help of some friends - reaching out to regular citizens - to help support his scientific expedition to Greenland.

It's been about a year since Jason began his odyssey and it's about time I posted on it.

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Dark Snow Project

For an introduction:
Live From New York: It's the Dark Snow Project

greenman3610  |  Published on May 14, 2013

On April 21, 2013, the Dark Snow Project brought a bit of Greenland to Manhattan, to illustrate the importance of this summer's planned expedition to sample Greenland ice. 
If our fundraising is successful, I'll be traveling in June to the Greenland Ice sheet as part of a scientific expedition to investigate the steady darkening and increasing melt of that important ice sheet. Bill Mckibben will be coming along to write this up for Rolling Stone, as well. 
See my interview with Mckibben here 
For more information, and to help us financially, check out

Thought to consider:  "If we lose Greenland, we lose coastal cities around the world."
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Dark Snow Team in Greenland
July 2013

Jason Box |  Published on Jul 1, 2013  |  3:14 min

Jason Box, Professor in Glaciology 
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland 
Dr. Marek Stibel, Biologist 
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland 
Peter Sinclair 
Climate Change Communicator 
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2:00  -  Getting the science out to the people 
2:30  -  "Everything we know about climate science is grounded in this hard, bit by bit, detail by detail, constantly questioning and testing processes that has gone on for a hundred and fifty years." 
3:00  -  "We're trying something different...
connecting people with the science"
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I wish Jason and his team much luck - check out their website.  
I'll admit it's rather artsy and adventurous and I'm an old fashioned guy, 
still, with some patience I found much good information within.

    1. Prepare and gather science equipment including a field spectrometer, snow and ice coring device, and snow metrics kit.
    1. Travel to Iqualuit, on Baffin Island, Nunavut from home locales in California, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont and rendezvous with Dash-6 "Twin Otter" ski-equipped airplane and flight crew.
    1. Organize cold weather survival kit.
    1. Ferry team from Iqualuit to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
    1. Fly to and land at sampling sites high on the inland ice sheet.
    1. At each site collect snow samples from a snow pit and obtain snow cores to a minimum depth of the previous year's snow surface, and record snow properties.
    1. Transport of team and snow samples to Greenland's capital Nuuk, where the team will rest after hustling at field sites.
    1. Return to Iqualuit, then to respective home locales to start the data analysis and reporting phase of campaign.

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