Impressions, anecdotes and experiences from the field. Authors are beneficiaries of SPI funding. The posts present the authors’ reflections of their field experiences.

Rhone Glacier with its glacial toe and the lake

Glacial water sampling: exploring microbial dynamics on, within and underneath the Rhone Glacier – Gilda Varliero

Glaciers are melting. This is especially true in the Alpine region, which is one of the areas experiencing the fastest rates of ice melting worldwide. As a consequence of global warming, combined with a higher input of water into the outflow system, more organisms are being released into the outflow […]

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Wind energy research in Antarctica – Brandon van Schaik

Going to Antarctica as a renewable energy scientist? Ever since I first visited the Arctic, I dreamed of doing science in Antarctica, but with a study background in renewable energy, I never thought it would be possible. Who would consider using renewable energy in these conditions, right? Well, it turns […]

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Artistic sampling – Maëlle Cornut

Notes from the field, Ferpècle and Mont Miné Glacier, Valais, Switzerland, 2022-2023 2022When I discovered the field on 12 July 2022, I was amazed by the proximity of the Mont Miné Glacier and by the beautiful alluvial zone of Ferpècle. One of our first activities was to hike to the […]

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Latent Cardiac Arrhythmia in Climbers on Mount Everest – Thomas Pilgrim

Extreme altitude poses exceptional challenges to human physiology. Manifestations of acute mountain sickness, reduced exercise tolerance, and sleep deprivation are well recognized consequences of the hypoxic hypobaric environment. Other sequelae are less apparent but may nevertheless be associated with substantial risk. Sudden cardiac death accounts for the majority of non-traumatic […]

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Filling the high-Arctic gap in Europe-wide plant re-distributions during the Anthropocene – Sabine Rumpf

In the summer of 2023, the Ecology research group of the University of Basel embarked on a six-week field campaign to re-survey historical vegetation data in Svalbard with the core question of how Arctic and alpine plant distributions respond to environmental change. Scientific background: Arctic and alpine plant responses to […]

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