We had a bit of a surprise in July 2013 to arrive to a still snow-covered camp on Axel Heiberg Island. Due to a later than usual onset of summer melt, our team was dropped off in nearby Strand Fiord by twin-otter, then shuttled with gear to the McGill Arctic Research Station by helicopter.
Summer field tasks at White Glacier included conducting surveys of the 25 prisms at Anniversary Profile with a Leica Total Station, as well as installing a new differential GPS station at Anniversary Profile and servicing the stations and Wind and Moraine Profiles. A network of time-lapse cameras was established to monitor the retreat of the snowline up-glacier and proglacial stream levels throughout the summer. We also tested a ground-based LiDAR system generously loaned to us by the University of Toronto.
Glaciology team members: Laura Thomson and Luke Copland, with help from Miles Ecclestone.
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