To understand how Earth’s climate system has changed over time, scientists need to find, develop and use natural recorders of temperature and precipitation. One natural thermometer comes in the form of alkenones: trans-fats produced by certain algae.
Meet Dr. Ethan Brodsky from the U. of Wisconsin, who advised a group of undergraduate students in the design and build of an electric snowmobile. Video produced by Ice Stories correspondent Zoe Courville.
The Mars Phoenix Lander will have been collecting data and sending it back to earth for a month! Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty will examine the data and tell us what new information we've gained about Mars. We'll also get an update on our old friends, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity!
Alaska's coastal range is covered in literally thousands of thaw lakes. Ken Hinkel, Yongwei Sheng and John Lenters are embarking on a project to reveal the subtle energy dynamics that take place within these lake systems.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of summer in the Arctic and the long, cold winter in Antarctica. We'll connect live to two polar field sites: Summit Camp atop Greenland's vast ice sheet, where the sun will be shining 24 hours a day, and the South Pole Research Station, now in the middle of 6 months of darkness.
Dr. Jewel Bennett, an endangered species biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Fairbanks field office, is in Barrow leading a survey team tracking the endangered Steller's and Spectacled Eiders' populations.
Inupiaq elders, local experts and scientific researchers partner on the North Slope to study and understand the changing environment. Wendy Eisner and Chris Cuomo join us to talk about their project: Indigenous Knowledge and Landscape in Northern Alaska.
In today's program Dr. Bart Kempenaers, a behavioral ecologist from the Max Planck Institiute of Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, talks about the research he and his team are doing on arctic breeding shorebirds in Barrow, Alaska.
Amanda Grannas' research group at Villanova University studies a wide range of topics under the umbrella of "analytical environmental chemistry", including the impacts of pollutants in the snow and ice. We'll chat with Amanda about her current research in the Arctic.
Join us for this special Webcast from Summit Camp, which sits atop nearly 2 miles (about 3200 m) of ice on the Greenland ice cap. We'll talk with Zoe Courville, an Ice Stories blogger and snow researcher from the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab, about life on top of an ice sheet. She'll also discuss her research into how snow becomes glaciers.
Webcasts made possible through the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Jim Clark Endowment for Internet Education, the McBean Family Foundation.
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