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SnowSTAR-2012: Convergence

Sometimes in science everything just comes together, but not often. This time it did. What could have gone wrong in the campaign? Lots. The two biggest possibilities were that the weather could have been bad (Fig...

April 26, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

SnowSTAR-2012: Hoars and Drifters

April 9th: Now that we have arrived the work begins. We spent the day checking out the snow, putting our ground-based LiDAR together and testing it, and dealing with some lingering logistical problems (like making sure ten barrels of aviation fuel arrive before the plane does).Checking out the snow is my favorite activity, and being the expedition leader, I got assigned this task...

April 12, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

Alaskan North Slope Snow LiDAR Campaign: SnowSTAR-2012

April 8th, 2012: I had somehow missed that we were leaving on Easter Sunday…. but the drive North across Alaska and the Brooks Range on a perfect day, clear blue skies, pristine white snow, and majestic mountains, was ample compensation for leaving town on a holiday, and my four companions (Fig...

April 10, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

Blizzard! Explained.

It starts with a soft, almost soothing, hiss, but it is not a comforting sound. The hiss -- the sound of wind and snow grains sliding along the ground--is the prelude to a mighty symphony of noise, swirling snow, and danger...

February 15, 2012 — Matthew Sturm

Lava Loops and Stone Stripes

After 30 years in Fairbanks, Alaska, we finally wimped-out and went to Hawaii at Christmas instead of our cabin. The cabin is in a remote mountain valley and gets no direct sun this time of year, and the temperature hovers around -20°F...

January 10, 2012 — Matthew Sturm
Arctic Plants Feel the Heat

Arctic Plants Feel the Heat

Global warming is dramatically revamping not only the ice but also tundra and forests at the top of the world, greening some parts and browning others. The alterations could exacerbate climate change...

April 26, 2010 — Matthew Sturm
A Novel Canal Lift at Foxton

A Novel Canal Lift at Foxton

By the English Correspondent of the Scientific American

September 3, 1904 — Matthew Sturm, Donald K. Perovich and Mark C. Serreze
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