Chasin’ Jason (Box)

Jason Box uses photogrammetry in some of his research. Lucky for us. Photo from Box BPRC Wiki site.

Jason Box uses photogrammetry in some of his research. Lucky for us. Photo from the Jason Box BPRC Wiki site.

Don’t blink if you want to keep track of Jason Box. The research scientist and geology professor at the Byrd Polar Research Center (The Ohio State U) is busier than a dog in a bone factory this summer in Greenland. He’s working on a NASA-funded project involving time-lapse photography of some of Greenland’s fastest moving glaciers, providing scientific expertise aboard a Greenpeace cruise attempting to document the predicted further collapse of Petermann Glacier, and embarking on an oceanography/glaciology sailing adventure to look at Greenland’s ocean-terminating glaciers, the latter aboard the 48-foot steel ketch, the Gambo.

According to Box’ blog, Meltfactor, there are subprojects as well, but we figure the foregoing is a good glimpse of the man’s packed agenda. To get a sense of why the work Box does is important, visit the Extreme Ice Survey Web site, where some of Box’ time-lapse photography is spectacularly featured.


Some of the sites where Jason Box places his glacier-monitoring time-lapse cameras are so remote he has to access them via boat. View this and other Box photos on his Byrd Polar Research Wiki site.

Box arrived on this second Greenland trip of the summer season using the National Science Foundation’s logistics C-130 chain from New York to Kangerlussuaq. After organizing cargo for August work on the NASA project, which CPS supports, he ventured off on other projects. About now he should be on the Greenpeace vessel for the cruise to document Petermann Glacier’s potentially spectacular calving front.


Petermann Glacier rift, September 7, 2008. For detailed information on these images, click here. Credit: Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Box is updating his blog, so tune in there for updates on his whereabouts.


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