Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 2016

The summer between finishing my masters and starting my PhD at UCLA, I participated in six weeks of fieldwork at the ice sheet margin outside Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, with a large UCLA-led research group. Most of my six weeks were spent camping at the ice sheet edge and each day hiking 3-4 miles to our study sites on the ice sheet where we measured supraglacial stream discharge and conducted experiments to assess the variability in the water content of the ice. By obtaining near-daily observations of the surface hydrology of the ice sheet over nearly the entire course of the melt season, we aimed to characterize how the surface hydrology evolves over the melt season and to assess small-scale variability in ice sheet surface characteristics.

Funded by a NASA Cryosphere grant (PI Larry Smith).