This expedition will deploy in 2022.

What Are They Doing?

The Greenland Ice Sheet near Kangerslussuaq, Greenland.
The Greenland Ice Sheet near Kangerslussuaq, Greenland. Photo by Tina Ciarametaro.
Estimates of the Greenland ice sheet's contribution to sea level rise over the next century range from a few centimeters to over one meter. Differences of a few millimeters per year may be significant in lowlying, populous coastal areas where planning with such a large range of uncertainty has high economic and social costs for governments, communities, and businesses. This study will improve our understanding of how increases in surface runoff will influence ice flow and subsequent loss of water mass from the Greenland ice sheet to the oceans.

Where Are They?

An aerial view of Ilulissat, Greenland.
An aerial view of Ilulissat, Greenland. Photo by Russell Hood.

Ilulissat is a coastal town in western Greenland. It's known for the Ilulissat Icefjord and for huge icebergs Disko Bay, shed by the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

Latest Journals

Can someone please cue Alice Cooper now? The last bell rang on June 8th this year, the earliest since I started teaching 21 years ago. This was partially due to the fact that our system got rid of traditional snow days, casualties of the new tech world that swallowed our school system due to…
Start In The Backyard Top of Tumbledown Mountain, Weld, Maine. Photo by Erin Towns. Simple Questions, Complex Answers ”Hey Ms. Towns, can ice sheets and glaciers really fully melt and disappear?” ”Why should we care? We live in Maine.” ”I mean, is it really going to happen up there in the…
Change In A Time of COVID: Teacher Perspective What Is Happening? ELHS teacher, Mercedes Czlapinski’s shirt gives voice to the early days of coming back to the 2020-2021 school year. (Photo by Erin Towns) “Hybrid. You will have three sections, A Cohort, B Cohort, C Cohort.” This is where the…
Born And Raised To Teach History I was born to two history fanatics. As such, my early days were devoid of trips to Disney World. Instead every summer my parents would pack up the old brown station wagon with a few sleeping bags and off we would go to visit a myriad of Civil War sites or…
Ilulissat, Greenland and West Greenland Ice Sheet
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Using seismic tremor to constrain seasonal variations in subglacial hydrology at the bed of the Greenland ice sheet.
Erin Towns - Educator
Edward Little High School

Erin Towns is an experienced and adventurous social science teacher at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine USA. Erin is a 2018 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and alumni of numerous global professional development programs who uses world travel experiences to create experiential lessons and strategies for students and teachers that address contemporary global and environmental issues. She values using inquiry based social studies and science methodology in the classroom and she continually pushes students to take action using informed knowledge and discourse that promote and encourage public awareness and engagement. Her students regularly share solutions oriented geo-inquiry projects with local school administrators, city councils, business leaders, state legislators, and public officials using storytelling with the goal of inspiring others to act. Erin shares knowledge and curriculum ideas that connect climate change phenomena and social, policial, and economic conflict with educators at state and national levels. Erin is an active member of the Maine Council for Social Studies and serves as Teacher Ambassador of The Camden Conference in the Classroom Program, a foreign policy organization in Maine which serves fifteen schools and promotes public discourse on topics of global relevance. Her greatest passion is exploring outside of the classroom with her diverse community of students and watching them make connections between the human and natural world. She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to build relationships with these phenomenal young women and men who consistently amaze her everyday with their hard work, humor, and creativity. Erin will integrate what she learns about the Greenland Ice Sheet’s contribution to sea level rise into social studies curriculum and citizen science research projects related to the Gulf of Maine.

Sarah Das - Researcher
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Sarah Das is a glaciologist and climate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her specific research interests include understanding and measuring polar ice sheet mass balance and ice dynamics; the reconstruction of past climate from ice cores; exploring the interaction between the coupled cryosphere-atmosphere-ocean systems; and investigating biogeochemical processes in polar environments. Since her first trip to Antarctica in 1995, Dr. Das has led or participated in over 20 field expeditions to the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. In addition to her scientific studies, she is committed to sharing her knowledge of the polar regions and climate change with students and the public through photography, education, and outreach activities.

Greenland Subglacial Tremor Project Resources

Jennifer Heidrich of the Warming and Removals in Mountains of Northern Canada expedition and Erin Towns of the Greenland Subglacial Tremor Project, have teamed up to create a podcast. Both educators teach at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine.

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Sun Journal article coverage of two Edward Little High School teachers's, Jenn Heidrich and Erin Towns, both selected for PolarTREC expeditions. Jenn Heidrich was selected to go on an expedition in Yukon, Canada, and Erin Towns was selected to go on an expedition to Ilulissat, Greenland.

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