Muir Glacier - 63 years of change

Muir Glacier - 63 years of change
W.O. Field, 1941(l) & B.F. Molnia, 2004 (r)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Frost Byte - Volume 5, Issue 45


A DVD documentary of the Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment (AIDJEX) second pilot study is now available through NSIDC. From the documentation:

“The project described in this documentary was a pilot study conducted in 1972 in preparation for the AIDJEX main experiment of 1975 to 1976. The study included a main camp on drifting sea ice in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska along with two satellite camps forming a station triangle with a 100 km side length. A detailed description of the observational program and a running account of the results can be found in the AIDJEX Bulletin series published between 1970 and the end of the project in 1978. The Bulletin is accessible in hard copy in the Roger G. Barry Resource Office for Cryospheric Studies at NSIDC. The Polar Science Center at the University of Washington maintains an AIDJEX electronic library ( It includes downloadable copies of the contents of all 40 AIDJEX Bulletins, AIDJEX Operations Manuals for the Pilot Study and the Main Experiment, and other resources.”

Thanks to everyone who worked to get the catalog page and documentation published, especially Ann who worked without any notice to complete the project for us.

Gloria has converted the USGS Professional Paper series from journal to monograph (i.e., book), and you will find them under the call # 55. To check them out, you will fill out the book card in the back of the item. If you need help, please contact Gloria or Allaina.

Staff Report

Gloria will be out on vacation beginning the 19th of Dec., returning on the 27th. Allaina will also be out of the office on the 24th, but the library will be open. The library will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26 in observance of the holiday.


If an item has a spine label and a book card, to check it out just fill in the card and drop it in the box on the library table.

New Items in the Library

Journals and Reports

Image, #29
Antarctic Record, vol. 52, iss. 2
Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, vol. 40, iss. 4
Antarctic Science, vol. 20, iss. 6
Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 35, iss. 19
EOS, vol. 89, iss. 49
Physics Today, vol. 61, iss. 12
Earth System Monitor, vol. 17, iss. 2
International Journal of Climatology, vol. 28, iss. 14
Bulletin of the American Meterological Society, vol. 89, iss. 11
Polar Research, vol. 27, iss. 3
Cold Regions Science and Technology, vol. 55, iss. 1

Monday, December 8, 2008

Frost Byte - Volume 5, Issue 44


Several hundred unique users visit the DAHLI web site each month, roughly half of the users are from North America, the rest are scattered throughout the rest of the world. We have also begun to receive requests for materials that are not publicly posted due to copyright restrictions, as well as requests to post materials that are not yet on our list. Several of the documents that are available are quite popular receiving more than 100 requests each since the beginning of the year. These include:

United States Program for International Geophysical Cooperation – 1959. IGY General Report Series, no.6. Compiled and edited by Stanley Ruttenberg.

Recent glacier variations in southern South America. American Geographical Society southern Chile expedition, 1959, Technical Report. Donald B. Lawrence and Elizabeth G. Lawrence.

United States Program for the International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958. IGY General Report Series, no.5. Compiled and edited by Stanley Ruttenberg.

Preliminary report on Expedition Downwind University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography IGY cruise to the Southeast Pacific. IGY General Report Series, no. 2. Edited by R. L. Fisher. 1958.

Development of surface morphology on Fletcher’s Ice Island, T-3. David D. Smith.

These titles and others can be found on the Bibliography page of the DAHLI web site.

The only funding this project currently receives is through the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP) for the digitization of the materials. All of these items are currently discoverable through the DAHLI web site and also through the IPY Publications Database (IPYPD).

Staff Report

Gloria will be out of the office Tuesday, the 9th, and on vacation beginning the 19th of Dec., returning on the 27th. Allaina will also be out of the office on the 24th, but the library will be open. The library will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26 in observance of the holiday.


If you have any reference or citation information needs prior to or during AGU, please contact us. We will be glad to help you. You can use email, chat (Yahoo IM, Windows Live Chat, AIM), or stop by the office.

New Items in the Library

Journals and Reports

EOS, v. 89, iss. 47,48

Journal of Glaciology, v. 54, #187

Polar Science, v. 2, iss. 3

Cold Regions Science and Technology, v. 54, iss. 3

Geophysical Research Letters, v. 35, iss. 18

Books, Reprints, and Other Media

Polar visions by Ryan Vachon [DVD]

Final Cut Express 4 by Lisa Brenneis

Monday, November 24, 2008

Frost Byte, v. 5, iss. 43

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Gloria is re-classifying some titles that are currently designated as journal issues but are really individual titles in a monographic series. If you are looking for something and can’t find it, please check with her. She has pulled her first group off the shelf and has them in her office.

Staff Report

ROCS will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Although we do not charge a late fee, we do have due dates! Please return items when they are due in order to provide everyone a chance to use the item. Thanks.

Thanks for all of the candy for the library’s candy basket!!!

New Items in the Library
Journals and Reports

Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, vol. 25, iss. 6
EOS, vol. 89. iss. 46
Exchanges, vol. 13, iss. 4 (#47)
Il Polo, vol. 63, iss. 3
Antarctic Record, vol. 52 Special Issue: Glaciological and meteorological observations during the Dome Fugi Project from 1991 to 2007

Books, Reprints, and Other Formats

Climate and Hydrology of Mountain Areas. Editors: Carmende Jong, David Collins, Roberto Ranzi

Sensing Our Planet : NASA Earth Science Research Features 2008. Editors: Jane Beitler and Stephanie Renfrow

Origin and Evolution of Earth : Research questions for a changing planet by the Committee on Grand Research Questions in the Solid-Earth Sciences.

The KML Handbook : Geographic visualization for the Web by Josie Wernecke

Monday, November 17, 2008

Frost Byte, vol.5, iss. 42

Despite ol’ man weather’s intermittent attempts, fall is still here & gorgeous, more often than not. Hope everyone is taking advantage of the delightful weather.

We have received a number of new titles in the library; you should stop by and perhaps check one or two out for your leisure time! Due to the extensive list, I’m just providing the titles.

Staff Report

Gloria and Allaina are both in the office this week.


The Librarians are here to help you with your information needs. Feel free to stop by the office, email, or send us an instant chat message!

Thanks for all of the candy for the library’s candy basket!!!

New Items in the Library
Journals and Reports
Bedford Institute of Oceanography in review 2007
, vol. 70, iss. 5
EOS, vol. 89, iss. 44, 45
British Antarctic Survey annual report, 2007-2008
Physics Today
, vol. 61, iss. 11
CIRA, vol. 30
Journal of Climate, vol. 21, iss. 21
Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 35, iss. 17
Cold Regions Science and Technology, vol. 54, iss. 2
Jökull, #57
Boreal Environmental Research, vol. 13, iss. 5
Ice, #146
Pôles Nord et Sud, #1

Books, Reprints, and Other Formats

Ice People [DVD—two week check-out only]
Climate variability and extremes during the past 100 years
Shirokuma no koe = Voice of polar bear
Geodetic and geophysical observations in Antarctica : an overview in the IPY

Creating Spatial Information Infrastructures : toward the spatial semantic Web
Statistical methods for spatio-temporal systems
Datums and map projections for remote sensing, GIS, and surveying, 2nd ed.
Hierarchical modeling and analysis for spatial data
Explorer : the life of Richard E. Byrd
High-Arctic ecosystem dynamics in a changing climate
Recession of equatorial glaciers : a photo documentation
Global change and the Earth system
Canadian Oxford World Atlas, 6th ed.
Darkening peaks : glacier retreat, science, and society
Qitdlarssuaq : l'histoire d'une migration polaire : Qitdlarssuaq : history of a polar

Monday, November 3, 2008

Frost Byte - Volume 5, Issue 41


Time again for another Info Tip from Mary Ellen Bates:

Bates InfoTip

I have been watching Silobreaker ever since it launched in beta back in 2006. It was cool back then, and it's even more interesting now, in its "official" version.

In essence, the web site provides ways to monitor and search news, through a number of specific filters or across the board, and offers data visualization tools to help understand emerging trends. I have been impressed at how well Silobreaker handles multiple types of content and provides surprisingly good analysis. Note that Silobreaker focuses exclusively on current news and events. The content comes from news, blog, transcript and multimedia sources that cover everything from the latest developments in science and technology to the gaming industry and the world’s environmental hot spots.

If all you want is news filtered by general topic, just head over to any of the search engines’ news aggregation sites. What Silobreaker does is attempt to break down the virtual “silos” of information (both within organizations and simply in our personal news gathering) to enable you to get a wider perspective on current events. It accomplishes this in several ways; first, the home page contains news snippets from around the world and several data visualization tools to help you understand the latest trends. Silobreaker also offers vertical news portals for dozens of global topics, ranging from terrorism to business mergers, neuroscience and the Middle East. There are also customized pages with information on the global hot spots related to human rights issues, natural disasters, bribery, and so on. Silobreaker also organizes specialized trend analyses related to media coverage of the US elections, avian flu and other current topics.

What Silobreaker does particularly well is provide you with visual displays of information, which enable you to spot trends or relationships that might not be initially obvious. Say, for example, you want to find out about transgenic research. Start with what Silobreaker calls the “360° search”, which looks across its indexes, including fields for entities (people, companies, locations, organizations, industries and keywords), news stories, YouTube videos, blog postings and articles.

The search results page is a bit info-dense for this Baby Boomer’s eyes, but ah... the data viz tools make my heart swoon. In my transgenics search results, I have several boxed graphics showing the relative volume of articles, blog postings, and audio or video content over the past month that mentioned the word, a map of the world highlighting areas that are particular hot-spots for transgenic research, the relative frequency of various related words (in this instance, “biotechnology” and “protein”), and even several pithy quotes from retrieved articles.

Even more intriguing is the “network” grid, which maps out relationships among concepts, entities, people and locations. The grid does in fact resemble a dynamic network, with nodes representing various concepts and lines indicating when both were written about in the context of your search. Adjust the slider bars along the top and you can focus on the people, companies or concepts of most importance in your search.

For the search on transgenics, for example, I could learn that Barcelona has been a hot spot for transgenics research, that I should remember to use “plant biotechnology” as a synonym for “transgenic”, that three major players are Monsanto, GTC Biotherapeutics and Syngenta, and that both Alzheimer’s researchers and crop scientists are looking into transgenics. All this without having to open a single document; when I moused over any of the nodes in the network, I saw the context in which the node word(s) appeared in the retrieved news items. I even have a list along the side of the grid, indicating the most common names, companies, concepts and so on within the retrieved search set.

Give this news engine a try and let me know what you think.

Bates Information Services

Staff Report

Allaina will be out of the office November 7th – 11th.


The library is available for your use if you need more space to have a short meeting. It isn’t a private space, so you’ll have to share it with other library users. You can use the large table; although, you may need to bring in extra chairs. Just let us know if you need it, and we can help you get the space set up and also let you know if it is available.

New Items in the Library

Journals and Reports

Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 35, iss. 16

Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing [CD], vol 34, iss. 1-4

EOS, vol.89, iss. 43

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 89, iss. 7 State of the

Climate in 2007

Alaska GeoSurvey News August 2008

GewexNews – Special issue, vol. 18, iss. 3

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World – Alaska Glaciers, USGS

Professional Paper 1386K

Books and Reprints

Snow and Climate : physical processes, surface energy exchange and modeling edited by Richard L. Armstrong and Eric Brun

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frost Byte, vol. 5, iss. 40

Jack Frost is definitely nipping at our noses, and there is snow on the peaks of the Front Range! Fall is a beautiful time of year!

The Glacier Photograph Collection has doubled in size! Since 2004, we've added about 1,000 to 2,000 images per year. This year, with the help of OPS students, we've actually doubled the number of images that we had at the end of January 2008. This brings the grand total to 9,834 images online! Many thanks to all who contribute to this project including, but not limited to, the NOAA team, I-Pin, and especially Michael Russell who has spent many hours on quality control and metadata for the digital images. And of course, we want to thank our funders, the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP), and our contractor for the project HOV Services.

Last week, we displayed various configurations for ROCS’ logo and door sign, and we asked for your opinions. Thanks so much for your input, and as soon as we make the final decision, we will let you know.

Staff Report
Allaina is out of the office Monday and Tuesday. If you need to access archival materials, Gloria is available to help.

Please don’t re-shelve the books you are perusing in the library. Just leave them on a shelf or in the return baskets, and we’ll put them up for you. This goes for the new acquisitions – journals and books too.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the candy basket!!!

New ROCS Items
Journals and Reports
EOS, vol. 89, iss. 41, 42
In Focus, vol. 8, iss. 2
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), vol. 89, iss. 6, 7, 9
International Journal of Climatology, vol. 28, iss. 5, 6, 8, 11, 12
Reviews of Geophysics, vol. 46, iss. 2
Cold Regions Science and Technology, vol. 54, iss. 1
Antarctic Science, vol. 20, iss. 5
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. 134, nos. 633, 634, 635
Journal of Climate, vol. 21, iss. 12, 18, 19, 20

Books & Reprints
Geology of Bathurst Island Group and Byam Martin Island, Arctic Canada (Operation Bathurst Island) by J. Wm. Kerr