Kangerlussuaq, Greenland in May

Kangerlussuaq is just starting to thaw out from a long winter, by IGERT and JSEP Fellow Christine Urbanowicz

Dartmouth IGERT - Polar Environmental Change

We arrived in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland three days ago, flying into a brown landscape that is patched with snow.  The weather feels like a hot-apple-cider autumn. Best of all, the mosquitoes are still dormant on the edges of frozen ponds.

IMGP0738 Melting pond

IMGP0748c The coats of the caribou are light tan and white right now. I think they are transitioning over to their summer coats.

IMGP0762c Caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus)

IMGP0736 Kangerlussuaq Fjord covered in ice.

IMGP0734 Bare willow (Salix glauca) branches with last year’s catkins.

IMGP0770 My awesome research assistant at the top of Sugerloaf. The fjord is in the distance.

IMGP0783 A frozen lake.

IMGP0795 Yesterday I saw green dwarf birch (Betula nana) leaves starting to unfurl. Things around here are about to change drastically.

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