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Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition Continues Reseach on Dinwoody Glacier

August 14, 2017 by Jacki Klancher

A team of students pose before heading into the Wind River mountains to study the Dinwoody Glacier

The 2017 CWC Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) Research) team headed into the mountains on August 13, 2017 to continue the fourth year of their work in the Dinwoody Cirque of Wyoming's Fitzpatrick Wilderness. Participating students stem from a broad range of disciplines and will perform research in the fields of archaeology, hydrology, geophysics and microbiology.

ICCE performs research through 5-year research permits granted by the USFS. This year special research guests include Elizabeth Traver - a hydrologist and Phd student from the University of Wyoming, Christian Harder - author and GIS expert from ESRI, Dave Smith a geoscience specialist and instructor from the University of Redlands and Micahel Adami - a geospatial science student from University of Redlands.

Prior to going to the field, this year's team spent a full week working, learning and prepping. Over the past several days students spent several days honing their skills in the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and receiving instruction in geospatial technologies - use and applications of a geographic information system (GIS) and the mechanics and science of kite aerial photography (KAP).

ICCE teaches students how to collect field data in rugged alpine environments, how to write research grants and to think and write scientifically. Students will present their data at conferences at Alberta, Canada in the Fall, the University of Wyoming in the spring and California this summer.

ICCE is funded by EPSCoR; NASA and INBRE and is housed in CWC's Alpine Science Institute.