Hi Kevin, I am a PolarTREC teacher from 2009. I'm excited to follow you expedition for 2 reasons. 1) I did atmospheric research with OASIS scientists in Barrow in Spring of 09. Greg Huey, Jin Liao, and Steve Sjostedt (all with Georgia Tech ties) worked in our group. I like following and learning about atmospheric pollution research. 2) My daughter, Jeannie Wilkening, leaves for Greenland with JSEP and Laura Lukes the day after you do. Hopefully you will get a chance to meet her when they reach Summit.
Here is my question: Do you anticipate more aerosols than average this year because of the recent volcanoes in Iceland and Chile? Also do forest fires affect the aerosol concentration in the atmosphere?
Thanks, Betsy Wilkening 7th Grade Science Tucson, AZ