November 22, 2015 2015-2016 Taylor Glacier Camp
Last minute research trip to Taylor Glacier, Antarctica:
In early November I was asked to participate in a research project in Antarctica! I will now be spending November (2015) - January (2016) on Taylor Glacier as a Research Associate with the University of Rochester (UR). This research is part of a National Science Foundation grant led by Dr. Vas Petrenko (UR). We will be sampling large ice cores to extract the ancient atmosphere preserved in the bubbles in the ice. These bubbles contain methane which we will analyze for the carbon-14 isotope. Carbon-14 of methane can help us to identify the source(s) of greenhouse gases during past climate events (glacial/interglacial cycles) and to understand modern methane in a warming climate.
You can follow the journey here: https://rochestericelab.wordpress.com/.
NOTE: The UR blog will not be updated daily due to limited access to email on Taylor Glacier. During the field season we only have access to satellite phones (yes, that means no internet (or showers!)) so most communications will be relayed over radio or phone to McMurdo Station, the main U.S. base in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica.
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Heidi A. Roop
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