Postcards from The Field

As Part Of An Effort To Monitor The Earthquakes

As part of an effort to monitor the earthquakes triggered by reservoir loading, we installed two portable seismographs of the neighborhood of the La Romaine 3 reservoir in the Province of Quebec, Canada.  The La Romaine hydro-electric complex involves the construction of four dams by Hydro-Québec.  The digitizer is located in the black container and it is connected to three short period seismometers to the left.  The backdrop of the picture is the 95 m high La Romaine 3 dam (located at latitude 51.12 N; -63.42 W). The 38 km2 reservoir filled up very quickly following snow melt in early May 2017.  As of July 18th, 2017, only a few small reservoir-triggered earthquakes have been recorded. 

-  Maurice Lamontagne

Hello Agu Just Back From A Long Day In The

Hello AGU, Just back from a long day in the field. We’ve been running a seismic survey of Pretty Lake, Indiana for a summer research project to complement some continuing paleolimnologic analyses. The field crew managed to get the gear broken down and packed back into the trailers just as the sun was setting. Now it is time to go rehydrate. Wish you were here!

- Jeffery Stone

Dear Agu Hello From Sunny Hot And Humid

Dear AGU, 

Hello from sunny, hot, and humid Baltimore! Not all fieldwork involves far-flung exotic locals- I’m putting up thermometers around the city to better understand urban microclimates, the urban heat island, and our city will respond to climate change. In this photo, I’m hanging a iButton thermometer in a tree on the East side of Baltimore’s in the Broadway East neighborhood. 

Happy field season, 


Hi All Greetings From Svalbard At A Latitude Of

Hi all,

Greetings from Svalbard, at a latitude of 78° North. Our cloud campaign, part of (AC)³ project, is about to come to an end. During more than 80 flight hours for each research airplane, Polar 5 and Polar 6, we have sampled very different and exciting cloud situations. While Polar 5 takes care of the remote sensing measurements, Polar 6 flies inside the clouds, mostly collocated with Polar 5. We also overflew the Research Vessel Polarstern (see photo). With only a couple of flights left, the campaign is nearly finished. We are confident that the collected dataset will take us to relevant scientific results. So far, the campaign has been awesome and it has let us experience the grandeur of the Arctic (for instance, flying above the glaciers was amazing!).

Best regards!

Tobias Donth and Elena Ruiz (University of Leipzig)

Greetings From The Ice Factory This Photo Is

Greetings from the ice factory,

This photo is from the katabatic winds of Terra Nova Bay in the Ross Sea, where we just completed a 65-day cruise – the first winter cruise in the Ross Sea in nearly 20 years! Katabatic winds are strong, persistent winds that lead to this area being referred to as the ice factory. We experienced hurricane force winds (over 70 knots), waves nearly 10-feet high, and lots and lots of sea ice production. This project (PIPERS; Polynyas, Ice Production and Seasonal Evolution in the Ross Sea) will help us unravel the story of winter sea ice formation and the associated production of and Antarctic Bottom Water, which drives circulation of the world’s oceans. 

Do you wish you were here?

Maddie Smith (Ph.D. student at APL, U. of Washington)

Hi To All Greetings From The Arctic We Are

Hi to all,

greetings from the Arctic. We are meteorologists from several universities and research institutes from Germany and France and are currently in Longyearbyen on Svalbard/Spitsbergen. We are working in the (AC)3-Project (ArctiC Amplification: Climate relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe processesand feedback mechanisms) withing we are investigating the impact of clouds on the Arctic climatic system. Clouds might be one of the keys to understand the current drastic climate changes happening in Arctic. The sea ice is melting, near surface air temperatures are rising. The models don’t fully cover this. We do airborne measurements of the cloud properties with two specialized research aircraft. The aim is to improve projections of the Arctic climate system.

The picture shows a photo taken during the flight with our desired clouds over Arctic sea ice.

Best regards!

-  Tobias Doktorowski

Hello All This Year Our Department Field Trip

Hello all,

This year, our department field trip explored the Cascades of Washington. Through no foresight on my part, we ended up exploring Mt. St. Helens on 18 May, the 37th anniversary of the 1980 eruption. The scars from that day still dominate the landscape, and it was humbling to stand on Johnston Ridge and be reminded that the research and education that we do can profoundly affect people’s lives.

-Andrew Dombard, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone Im In Louisiana With Biologist And

Hi everyone,

I’m in Louisiana with biologist and artist Brandon Ballengée researching a book on art, culture, and climate change.  Brandon is collaborating with Prosanta Chakrabarty (Associate Professor/Curator of Ichthyology, LSU) on an interdisciplinary art and science project called Crude Life.  In its current form, the project consists of old trunks and chests containing dyed specimens and posters listing the species that have been adversely affected by, or simply gone missing since, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  

In this photo, we’re at A Studio in the Woods (Tulane University) for “Loss & Found,” an event that is part of the Annual Wetlands Art Tour sponsored by Antenna::Signals.  The portable museum is aesthetically bewitching and draws people to it.  Brandon talks with them about the aftermath of the oil spill, the 14 species of endemic Gulf fishes that have not been seen since the spill, and opens up dialogue about the ecology of Louisiana, its fossil fuel economy, and the fate of biodiversity in the Gulf.

Thomas S. Davis, Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University

Greetings From Paradise Tiera Is Taking Notes On

Greetings from Paradise.  Tiera is taking notes on samples collected for grain-size analysis and XRF/XRD analysis on top of the fluted cliffs of the Na Pali  coast of Kauai, in a quest to understand how weathering of the basalts renders them erodible.  Friends claim we are just using geology as an excuse to go hiking in Hawaii, but we deny it.

Jerry Osborn and Tiera Naber, Geoscience Dept, University of Calgary, Alberta.

Dear All The Sun May Be Setting Over The S

Dear all,

The sun may be setting over the S Pacific, but the science will go on all night long! Our fantastic crew have just finished glider recovery and now on with our overnight CTD and sediment trap stations as we study the world’s largest Oxygen Minimum Zone.

best regards from RV Meteor,