Field activities at the SIGMA-A site, northwestern Greenland Ice Sheet, 2017

Sumito Matoba, Masashi Niwano, Tomonori Tanikawa, Yoshinori Iizuka, Tetsuhide Yamasaki, Yutaka Kurosaki, Teruo Aoki, Akihiro Hashimoto, Masahiro Hosaka, Shin Sugiyama

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During spring 2017, we conducted research expeditions to the SIGMA-A site, which is located on the northwestern Greenland Ice Sheet. We maintained an automated weather station (AWS) to enable continuous meteorological observations. We extended 1.5-m long poles of the AWS and replaced two aerovane sensors, two thermo-hydrometers and an ultrasonic snow gauge. We also drilled an ice core and recovered a core with a total length of 60.06m, conducted stratigraphic observations, and measured the density of the ice core. In addition, we conducted snow-pit observations and snow sampling, measured the specific surface area of snow using near-infrared reflectance, performed sunphotometry observations, and measured the spectral albedo. To schedule research activities in the field camp and helicopter pick-up flights, we received weather forecasts from the Meteorological Research Institute of Japan through the Internet using a satellite phone every day. We took a male dog to the field camp to alert us to approaching animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of Glaciological Research
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Automated weather station
  • Greenland Ice Sheet
  • Ice core
  • Qaanaaq

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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