I have participated in numerous expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica. This is a unique part of being a glaciologist, being able to observe the processes on-site and get a deeper understanding of the climate system. My work has taken me to some of the remotest parts of the this planet and I have truly enjoyed it.

Ice crystals growing in the ceiling of the EGRIP science trench, summer 2017.

EGRIP camp, Greenland, 2016 and 2017

The East Greenland Ice Core Project (EGRIP) is an international ice-core drilling project led by the Danish Centre for Ice and Climate, part of University of Copenhagen. I was there in 2015 and 2016 to carry out measurements of the firn properties and (in 2017) to lead the science processing trench.

Traverse Neumayer-Kohnen, East Antarctica, winter 2015/16.

The sledge containing everything we needed to start drilling a firn core, East Antarctica, winter 2015.

Every year, a small team from the coastal Neumayer station travels 800km inland to open Kohnen station for the Antarctic summer season. I joined the traverse in 2015/16 to measure snow accumulation along the route, conduct radar measurements and to drill firn cores. A blog about our journey is available here in German. A shorter version in English can be found on the EGU Cryosphere blog.

Traverse NEEM – EGRIP, Greenland, 2015

My first traverse across an ice sheet was the move of NEEM (North Eemian Ice Core Project) ice-core camp to the new drill site EGRIP. We travelled more than 350km with several large vehicles including a tractor pulling the “Main Dome” our wooden living quarters. I followed on a skidoo with a colleague and conducted radar measurements along the way. This trip is also described on the EGU Cryosphere blog.  After arriving at EGRIP, I continued a further 400km with two colleagues to the American Summit Station.

The Main Dome getting pulled across the Greenland Ice Sheet.

NEEM camp, 2011 and 2012.

The former ice-core drill-site, where I was part of the processing team in the science trench (2011) and carried out GPS measurements and prepared the camp for closing down.

Halo around the Dome, EGRIP camp, Greenland, summer 2016.