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Climate System
Research Center

Dept. of Geosciences
Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
phone: 413-545-0659
fax: 413-545-1200

Land-Atmosphere-Ice and Snow Interactions
in the High Arctic:
the Hazen Plateau, Ellesmere Island

Fieldwork 2003

Fieldwork on the Hazen Plateau in 2003 included GPS surveys of the ice margins Murray Ice Cap and Simmons Ice Cap (also see table below). Both ice caps experienced considerable marginal recession since 2001, which resulted in a reduction in total ice cap area of ~3.5% (Murray Ice Cap) and ~9% (Simmons Ice Cap) since 2001.

  Ice cap area (km^2), Hazen Plateau Ice Caps
Year Murray Ice Cap Simmons Ice Cap St.Patrick Bay Ice Cap-NE St.Patrick Bay Ice Cap-SW
1959 4.37 (100%) 7.45 (100%) 7.48 (100%) 2.93 (100%)
1999 3.28 (75%) N/A N/A N/A
2000 3.15 (72%) N/A N/A N/A
2001 3.05 (70%) 3.94 (53%) 4.61 (62%) 1.72 (59%)
2002 recession recession N/A N/A
2003 2.91 (66%) 3.31 (44%) N/A N/A

We also continued our glacier mass balance measurements on the Ward Hunt Ice Rise and Ice Shelf, as well as on several glaciers in the vicinity of Tanquary Fjord in collaboration with Parks Canada. In addition, we serviced the automated weather stations at Tanquary Fjord, Lake Hazen, Ward Hunt Island, and Fort Conger.

       Water quality sampling (Abbe River)
       Ruggles River
       Lake Hazen Camp
       Air Force Glacier
       Mcdonald Ice Cap
       Hares on Ward Hunt Island
       Mt. Asgard (Baffin Island)
       Canada's PM

Special thanks to Parks Canada (Nunavut Field Unit), and the PCSP staff in Resolute Bay for all their help & support this season.

Climate System Research Center | Department of Geosciences | University of Massachusetts

Document maintained by Carsten Braun (
Last updated: 09 September 2003