Antarctic field campaign will start soon

December 16th, 2011

It has been busy fall this year with conferences and field preparations.  The new NARE project Ice Rises are now selected as a flagship project of center Ice, Climate, and Echosystems (ICE) at the Norwegian Polar Institute, and the first field campaign will start soon.  The field team consists of eight people; one participant is already in Troll Station and the other seven participants will fly from Cape Town to Antarctica on December 19th or later if weather does not allow.  After the preparation at Troll Station, the field team will develop remote base camps on ice rises in Fimbul ice shelf and conduct a comprehensive set of geophysical and geochemical surveys for about a month.

The project will also blog/facebook from the ice with the hope that we can promote interests and understanding of the general public on Antarctica.  We will post an article every single day; see our blog and facebook sites.

New position is available: postdoctoral fellow

August 19th, 2011

The newly funded NARE project solicits applications for a postdoctoral research position.  Please see Job Norge web site for full description of this position.  Due date of the application is September 31, 2011.

New funding just arrived from Norwegian Antarctic Research Expedition

August 1st, 2011

A multidisciplinary, international research team led by Dr. Matsuoka was funded by Norwegian Antarctic Research Expedition (NARE) to conduct a comprehensive study of comprehensive sets of investigations on grounded ice isles (ice rises) in the Fimbul ice shelf vicinity, western Dronning Maud Land.  NARE allocates 6.1 Million Norwegian Kroner (approx. 781 Euro) over three years.  The project page will be up soon.

IGS conference, ice/ocean interaction

June 5-10th, 2011

Ice/ocean interaction remains poorly understood yet crucial to accurately predict how glaciers and polar ice sheets responds to the ongoing warming and ultimately predict the future sealevel rise.  An IGS conference (IGS: international Glaciological Society) was held in San Diego focusing on the ice/ocean interaction.  Dr. Matsuoka presented a poster on “Radar characteristics of the ice bottom in the grounding zone” using radar data collected in the eastern Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.  As far as we are aware of, there is only the other study examining the bottom interface of the ice.  Our study shows that the bed is dramatically changed from the grounded frozen ground to the smooth interface to the ocean, which is quite different from the other study in West Antarctica.  This result is going to submit to Annals of Glaciology.

Kick-off meeting, SRMGlaciers

May 20th, 2011

We had the first project meeting on “Geological and glaciological controls on ice flu to the ocean from Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica” (SRMGlaciers) at Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany.  This is a collaborative project with Belgium and Germany, and led by Dr. Matsuoka.  AWI’s Polar 5 airplane with ice-penetrating radar system completed about 15 hours flight in January from Belgian Princess Elisabeth Station in eastern Dronning Maud Land.  During this project meeting, we reviewed all the data, and nearly completed data quality control.  We will initiate data analysis and interpretation phases late June.

Antarctic Science Symposium

April 27-28th, 2011

IceCube is a gigantic project to use super clean Antarctic ice as a detector of neutrino from the universe.  IceCube has drilled 86 of 2.5-km-deep holes in the vicinity of south pole station and completed installing sensors in them.  To celebrate this completion of the set up and boost up science, a series of conference was made.  Dr. Matsuoka delivered an invited talk in Antarctic Science Symposium.  His talk is titled “Peering into deep blue ice: achievements and challenges”.

Troll Runway Project poster available

March 23, 2011

Troll runway is one of two runways in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, which allow long-haul jet airplanes with wheels to land on the ice.  This runway was originally used during 1960s to take air photos of exposed bedrock along the coast of Dronning Maud Land.  Nations that have stations in Dronning Maud Land initiated actions to cooperatively operate intercontinental airplanes from Cape Town to Antarctica early 2000s.  Since then, Troll Runway and Russian Novo Runway have served as community resources.  Troll Runway is most useful during the mid-summer (January) when Novo runway is melted and thus unsuitable for the operation.  Troll Runway locates about 1000 m higher than Novo Runway, so only negligible melt happens.

During the 2010-11 summer season, a group of NPI employees performed radar sounding in the vicinity of the runway in order to measure ice thickness and englacial structure.    Please click the image left to have the full-size poster in png format.

Field campaign in East Antarctica

November 15th, 2010, – January 16th, 2011

This year, Dr. Matsuoka deployed to Antarctica for two months. He flied to Cape Town with commercial flights. Late night of November 19th, he took off Cape Town to Antarctica with about 80 other people going to the ice.  He arrived at Novo airbase about six hours later, and smoothly flied further to Belgian Princess Elisabeth Station.  To see more about his deployment this year, please visit photo pages.

ICEGRAV planning meeting in Copenhagen

October 19-20th, 2010

ICEGRAV is a project to carry out airborne missions in Antarctica to fill the largest gap of gravity data. This project is led by Danish Space Center and Technical University of Denmark. Together with gravity sensors, ice-penetrating radar and lidar allow us to collect a full set of glacio-geophysics data which reveal the fundamental boundary conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet. Norwegian Polar Institute glaciologists are invited, in particular, to analyze the radar data. Dr. Matsuoka visited TUD and discussed scientific interests, actual flight paths, and future plans.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative in Pennsylvania

September 22-26, 2010

West Antarctic Ice Sheet(WAIS) Initiative hosts annual conference on West Antarctica, which sits on bedrock significantly below the current sea level. Dr. Matsuoka presented his recent research in radar techniques, and lead discussion on subglacial environment.

Operation IceBridge planning meeting in Seattle

June 30th, 2010

Dr. Matsuoka participated in Operation IceBridge planning meeting by invitation from NASA scientists.  Operation IceBridge is a NASA’s project to keep monitoring glaciers, ice sheets, and sea ice between the end of ICESat-I satellite and a future ICESat-II, which is currently planned to lunch in 2014-15.

GPR2010 conference in Lecce, Italy

June 21st – 25th, 2010

Dr. Matsuoka served as a science review panel member of GPR2010 conference.  This is a biennial conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).  He also presented a review on englacial radar attenuation.

IPY Oslo Conference

June 7th – 11th, 2010

Dr. Matsuoka presented his recent model-based research at a conference in Oslo.  This conference dedicates to discuss new findings during International Polar Year.  His talk is titled as “Detecting wet ice-sheet beds across Antarctica using radar”.

Web sites are updated

June 1st, 2010

We renovated web sites at which exciting findings in Antarctica and other cryospheric regions are continuously released.  Keep watching us!