Welcome to my blog!

I am a climate scientist working with ice samples from polar regions. In fall 2015, my first field trip to Antarctica is going to happen, a very unique opportunity even for me who works for more than a decade in this field. With this blog I want you to give you a direct insight into what we do, why we do it, and what is needed to this work.

The field work is taking place on the Taylor Glacier, near the US Antarctic Station McMurdo, where I am going to work within the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Program 1245659. The main focus of this project is on past radiocarbon concentrations in greenhouse gases trapped in the ice. Gigantic amounts of ice are needed for this analysis (about one ton per measurement) for which purpose Taylor Glacier is perfect due to its easy access to large amounts of ancient ice. See the great blog of the University of Rochester for more details.

Besides this main focus, many other projects are going on in parallel on the field. My focus is on past ocean temperatures using heavy noble gas concentrations in the trapped air, which is work I started at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Besides the support through the main project, the SIO, I get further support through the NSF PIRE ICE-ICE program, the Berner Burgergemeinde and the ERC “deepSlice” project for this work. At this point, a big THANK YOU! It would not be possible with all your generous support.

In my research field, we aim on reconstructions of the past climate, mostly when the human influence was not relevant yet. However, our findings build the basis of the understanding of the changes happening today caused by human activity, and in this context my expertise also covers what is relevant for our lives today and tomorrow. I hope with this blog I can also provide you first hand knowledge about climate change, based on scientific findings. For more details about my career see my ResearchGate and LinkedIn profile.

Bernhard Bereiter