PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS ICE RIVER GREENLAND 2017

JASON BOX (University of Copenhagen- Danish Geological Survey)

American scientist Jason Eric Box is today one of the most recognized scientists worldwide in research on climate change. Professor of Glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), University of Copenhagen, he has over 60 publications related to the interactions between climate and ice. For five years (2008-2012) the lead author of the section dedicated to Greenland in the NOAA annual report “State of the Climate” and was also one of the authors of the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in 2007, collaborating with many other scientists in the Nobel Peace Prize won by the Panel that same year. Among his many projects is the Dark Snow Project, concerning the contamination of the snow in the Arctic and its impact on the melting of ice. Since 2016, he is scientific advisory to the WindSled, an eco-vehicle developed by Ramón Larramendi, and which he has incorporated in his investigations in Greenland. Box will be responsible for the subsequent analysis of data and samples collected by the WindSled.

ROSS EDWARDS (Curtis University – University of Madison)

Australian-American biochemist specializing in polar science. Ross is a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) since 2016. Previously, he worked as an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Curtis University, Perth, Australia, and in previous years was at Reno and Ohio University. His research papers focus on black carbon and traces of metals found in snow and ice. He has worked in Antarctica, the Arctic, China and the United States. An important focus of Ross’s research has been the development of new analytical methods for detecting chemical species and nanoparticles at low concentrations and high temporal resolution. He has several patents to his credit. He is interested in feedback between the Earth’s climate and the biosphere being the author of more than 50 publications in the best scientific journals in the world (Nature, Science, PNAS, etc.). He has 23 years of experience in performing jobs in extreme conditions. He has also worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) on drinking water analysis in third countries. Inventor of unique systems for the analysis of ice cuts that are sampled in the Arctic and Antarctica. Recognized by his peers as an innovator.

Ross Edwards is a contributor to the ‘Dark Snow’ project team directed by glaciologist Jason Box, who studies the impact of forest fires on arctic melting, within the project “Nanoparticles in the atmosphere of the past: feedback on climate change,” Curtis University.

ANTONIO QUESADA (Universidad Autónoma of Madrid)

Antonio Quesada, from Madrid, is a professor at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and has been involved in different research topics related mainly to non-marine aquatic ecosystems. He has collaborated in international research initiatives, such as RiSCC or EBA (SCAR). He has led several research projects in polar regions since 2001 and has participated in more than a dozen polar expeditions (both Arctic and Antarctic) to a variety of polar locations. He is currently the principal investigator of an international project on microbial biocomplexity in the polar regions. Quesada has published more than 100 scientific articles in international journals (Science, Ecological Monographs, Nature Climate Change or Limnology and Oceanography). He has participated and coordinated numerous research / management projects with public administrations. He is the manager of the State Polar Research Program.

 FRANCISCO NAVARRO (Universidad Politécnica of Madrid)

Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Navarro is the principal investigator of Glaciology Projects in Antarctica (a discipline that studies the response of glaciers to climatic changes). He has been responsible for the management of the Base Juan Carlos I. Navarro has been studying glaciers since the mid-1990s, although his first contact with Antarctica dates back to 1983-84, when he spent a full year at the American polar station ‘Amundsen -Scott ‘, in the South Pole, conducting Geophysics studies. He was, therefore, one of the Spanish pioneers in that continent. Researcher on glaciers in the Arctic and considered one of the most important international polar scientists, with dozens of publications in the most relevant magazines. At the present time he directs the Group of Numerical Simulation in Sciences and Engineering at the UPM.

JAVIER LAPAZARAN (Universidad Politécnica of Madrid)

He is a telecommunications engineer and professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He is dedicated to radio glaciology as a member of a research group that studies the dynamics and state of glaciers, and how they respond to climate changes. He has participated in several campaigns in Antarctica, in the project in which Francisco Navarro is the principal investigator.

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