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.
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.
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.
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.