2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

McMurdo LTER - Glaciers: Increased connectivity in a polar desert resulting from climate warming: McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER Program


McMurdo LTER - Glaciers: Increased connectivity in a polar desert resulting from climate warming: McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER Program

Summary

Event Number:
C-504-M

Program Manager:
Dr. Paul Cutler

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Elizabeth Kauffman


Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael N Gooseff
michael.gooseff@colorado.edu

University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Boulder, Colorado

Project Web Site:
http://www.mcmlter.org External Web Site


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Dry Valleys


Description

Initially funded in 1980, the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1,800 scientists and students. The McMurdo LTER program is an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is one of 26 LTER sites where researchers are studying ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. Glacier researchers will continue measurements of physical properties of Dry Valley glaciers and their response to meteorological conditions, with special emphasis on LTER core research areas. This six-year award cycle comprises seven collaborative projects: C-504-M (Gooseff), C-505-M (Priscu), C-506-M (Gooseff), C-507-M (Wall), C-508-M (Barrett), C-509-M (Lyons), and C-511-M (Doran).


Field Season Overview

This group will be the primary occupants of the F6 field camp but will make periodic day and overnight trips to camps at Lakes Hoare and Bonney. They will monitor sites in the Taylor Valley, with monitoring continuing in Wright and Miers Valleys. This year they will establish a new stream gauge at the outlet of Lake Colleen in Garwood Valley.


Deploying Team Members

  • Anna Bergstrom
  • Michael Gooseff (PI)
  • Forrest McCarthy

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