2016 field work is done

In the summer 2016 CryoEco travelled to three different (sub)Arctic regions to collect samples of subglacial sediments and melt water for the subglacial carbon project. At the beginning of August, Tyler and Jakub visited Svalbard and sampled five glaciers – Nansenbreen, Sefströmbreen, Sveabreen, Ebbabreen, and Longyearbreen – while living on a boat. This trip was additionally funded by an Arctic Field Grant awarded to Tyler.

Tyler & Jakub sampling the muddy ablation till of Sveabreen

Tyler & Jakub sampling the muddy ablation till of Sveabreen

In the second half of August, Tyler, Jakub, Marek, and our new PhD student Petra spent 10 days in Iceland, driving around, eating hot dogs and collecting samples from Iceland’s beautiful ice caps. Sediments and water from Langjökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Vatnajökull (from two outlets – Skaftafelljökull in the south and Eyjabakkajökull in the north), and Drangajökull were gathered during this trip.

Jacob & Petra sampling Skaftafelljökull basal ice

Jacob & Petra sampling Skaftafelljökull basal ice

The last field trip was to central Norway – our collaborator Jacob Yde‘s home turf. Lukáš, Tyler, and Marek collected samples from four glaciers – Austerdalsbreen, an outlet glacier of the Jostedalsbreen ice cap, and three mountain glaciers Styggedalsbreen, Leirbreen, and Bøverbreen. The road to the glaciers was closed due to snow a few days after we left.

Under Leirbreen

Under Leirbreen

A total of 14 glaciers were sampled this summer, spanning a wide range of glaciation histories, catchment sizes, bedrock types and thermal regimes. The samples are now being prepared for geochemical and microbiological analysis, and we hope to be able to share some interesting results soon. Watch this space!