Fieldwork at 79 degrees North!
July 18th-26th: I spent 7 days in the field with my collaborator Dr Tris Irvine-Fynn, conducting fieldwork on the Midtre Lovénbreen glacier, Kongsfjord, Spitsbergen. Supporting Tris as a field assistant, and lodging at the NERC Arctic Research Station in Ny Ålesund, I spent more than 60 hours in the field, on the glacier itself and its margins and forefield.
We collected several datasets, mostly concentrating on ice surface roughness (including a novel stereographic imaging approach to measurement), local distribution and mobility of cryoconite (supraglacial bioactive dust) during ablation, glacier-scale cryoconite distribution and provenance, and mineralogical chronosequences along 3 transects in the glacier forefield. This complemented Tris’ extensive and ongoing work on supraglacial hydrological processes.