Site Assessment and Feasibility of a New Operations Base on the Greenland Ice Sheet
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER HANOVER NH COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB
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The National Science Foundation is moving forward with plans to convert Summit Station, Greenland, into a clean airclean snow research facility. Plans include reducing the size of the station and minimizing both research and operations activities. To continue support of scientific research that does not require a clean airsnow environment, an alternate site needs to be identified and assessed for feasibility of operations, scientific viability at or easily reachable from the new site, and traversability between there and the existing Summit Station. Additionally, the 109th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard is seeking a new training site in Greenland increased melt along the margin of the ice sheet is encroaching upon their current site, Raven. Here we present the results of our site selection analysis to identify target locations for a new operations base serving science research and support and 109th training facilities. Recently, NSF has shifted focus to a new site, Isi, located about 3 miles north of Summit, closer to the actual peak elevation of the ice sheet, to house a proposed telescope. This site assessment and the geographic information system GIS we built will be used primarily to identify an alternate training location for the 109th. Once specific target sites are identified, we recommend satellite imagery analysis and further consideration of ice stability factors i.e., velocity and crevassing that may affect construction viability, as well as weather station installation and monitoring to assess local climatic factors. A site visit for in-depth physical inspection should follow.
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods