By: Matt Rutherford On: October 2, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 4

Besides the powerful reoccurring cramp in my leg things are quite nice right now.  Nikki, Mike and I just ate fish and chips with fresh caught cod and a piece of pie made from a local berry I’ve never heard of before.  Life is good in southern Labrador Canada....

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By: Matt Rutherford On: September 17, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 2

Aasiaat is far from a metropolitan city but it feels like one at this point.  We have spent so much of our time in the far north that even basic luxuries seem extravagant.  For instance you can do laundry, which is something we haven’t done since May.  You can...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: August 25, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 4

As I write this my hands are covered in oil and grime.  Nikki still has some oil on her face making her look more like a coal miner than a sailor.  We hardly notice after everything else we have been though. Since my last blog we had a good...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: August 12, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 0

The weather has been crazy this year. Normally Northwest Greenland has very little wind in the summer months. If there is strong wind it’s out of the north, but usually it doesn’t blow hard for long. This year its been one storm after another, with all of the winds...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: August 10, 2016 In: Education Comments: 2

We are on fire! I am just thrilled that we are finally back to 24 hour operations in the ice, mapping Inglefield glacial fjord’s seafloor and comparing the subsurface temperatures lurking in front of the glaciers. I am kind of the boat’s fortune teller. I wake up every 5...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 28, 2016 In: Citizen Science Comments: 1

Hello Fish Finder Followers I want to keep you informed of where the Fish Finder has been over the summer. I will update this sight a couple of times over the next few months. The Finder was first dropped into the Delaware River, in Essington, PA, middle of May....

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 28, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 1

Well, that was interesting. Anytime it blows 50kts when it’s forecasted to blow 25kts is always going to be that way. Our survey for NASA’s OMG (Ocean Melting Greenland) program is our primary scientific objective this year. NASA’s OMG program believes a warmer saltier water column; deep in the...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 25, 2016 In: Education Comments: 1

There is more on my mind than just puppies and icebergs. Getting through Baffin Bay was a piece a cake except when I interpreted  the radar returns in heavy fog as scattered noise  and a wall of ice appeared  out of the mist. The marine debris trawl samples are...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 16, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 0

We were only planning on being in Upernavik for 24 hours but things don’t always go as planned.  During an expedition of this nature problems are going to occur.  It could be anything from something on the boat breaking unexpectedly, scientific equipment malfunctioning, sickness or injury, etc.  You prepare...

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By: Matt Rutherford On: July 4, 2016 In: Greenland Comments: 2

It’s important to understand the rate (or speed) that a glacier travels. The faster a glacier is moving the more icebergs it will create. If a glacier is losing more ice than is being replenished it will thin out and recede.   So by understanding the rate of a glacier...

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