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What's it like to be a research scientist working in the Arctic or Antarctica? We gave polar scientists video cameras and asked them to document their field work. Webcasts produced at the poles are another part of the Ice Stories project.

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Ice Stories:  Green, Electric Snowmobiles (Clip)
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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.

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Date: July 3, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science, Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: snowmobiles, pollution, electric vehicles, atmosphere, greenhouse gases, greenland, arctic

Links: Dispatch: Green, Electric Snowmobiles

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Ice Stories:   Caught in a Storm at Summit Camp, Greenland (Clip)
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00:04:50
For two days Summit Camp, Greenland experienced strong winds and blowing snow, making work, and even walking around camp, difficult.

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Date: June 29, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
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Keywords: summit camp, greenland, storm, extreme weather, wind, snow, field camp

Links: Dispatch: Caught in the Storm

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Ice Stories:  Sandpiper Egg Swap (Clip)
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00:03:18
Dr. Bart Kempenaers, a behavioral ecologist from the Max Planck Institiute of Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, and his team fashion fake Sandpiper eggs, swap them for the real ones in the nest and incubate them in their lab at BASCís (Barrow Arctic Science Consortium) new research facility. Once the hatchlings emerge, they take samples from them to determine factors such as paternity. The chicks are then returned to the nest, without the mother batting a feather.

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Date: June 25, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: ecology, sandpipers, birds, arctic, barrow, alaska

Links: Dispatch: Sandpiper Egg Swap

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Ice Stories:  Cooper Sniffs Out Seals (Clip)
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00:03:08
What does a ringed sealís breathing hole look like and how do you find one on a vast sheet of sea ice? Dr. Brendan Kelly uses the canine skills of Cooper, a Black Labrador he trained to chase the scent of ringed seals and point to their holes. Passionate about wildlife and climate change, Melanie Duchin has loaned her dog to work with Brendan for the past 5 years.

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Date: June 25, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: seals, ringed seals, labrador retriever, barrow, alaska, arctic, sea ice

Links: Dispatch: Cooper Sniffs Out Seals

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Ice Stories:  Energy Dynamics within Alaska's thaw lakes (Webcast)
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00:31:00
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.

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Date: June 21, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: arctic, ice stories, barrow, alaska, scientists, dispatches, climate change, geology, biology, oceanography, ice


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Ice Stories:  Live from Both Poles on the Solstice (Webcast)
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00:30:36
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.

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Date: June 20, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: antarctica, greenland, poles, polar science, winter, ice sheets, summit camp, south pole


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Ice Stories:  Tracking Endangered Bird Populations (Webcast)
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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.

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Date: June 19, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: arctic, ice stories, barrow, alaska, scientists, dispatches, climate change, geology, biology, oceanography, ice


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Ice Stories:  Tagging Seals (Clip)
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00:02:32
Watch Dr. Brendan Kelly, Micaela Ponce, Kevin Bakker and Dan Carlson as they measure and tag a female ringed seal on the frozen Chukchi Sea. Follow them as they return the seal by snowmobile to her breathing hole in the Elson Lagoon - and get a little seal slap in the process.

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Date: June 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: seals, ringed seals, tagging, chukchi sea, arctic, alaska, barrow

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Ice Stories:  Inupiaq knowledge meets science on Alaska's North Slope (Webcast)
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00:26:49
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.

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Date: June 17, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: arctic, ice stories, barrow, alaska, scientists, dispatches, climate change, geology, biology, oceanography, ice, inupiaq, elders, local knowledge

Links: Big Idea: Pairing Scientific and Traditional Knowledge

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Ice Stories:  Shorebirds in the Arctic (Webcast)
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00:31:01
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.

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Date: June 14, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology

Keywords: arctic, ice stories, barrow, alaska, scientists, dispatches, climate change, geology, biology, oceanography, ice


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