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Weather station deployed on Greenland glacier

Aug. 12, 2015--University of Delaware oceanographers are part of an international research team that successfully drilled through a floating Greenland glacier this week and deployed the first UD ocean sensors underneath.

The UD researchers are part of a U.S.-Swedish expedition working to document changes in the grounded Petermann Glacier, which connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean.

The sensors will measure vertical tidal motions of the floating glacier over the next several weeks using GPS technology, and provide researchers the first-ever measurements of the ocean conditions underneath.

Muenchow, an associate professor of oceanography in UD’s School of Marine Science and Policy, which is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and Washam also deployed an UD-developed automated weather station (AWS) at separate location on the glacier.