J.P. Steffensen - ice core documentation

JP Steffensen in Greenland
'JP' (Jorgen Peter) will scientifically document (log) fresh ice cores as they are extracted. (Photo: Martin Leonhardt, AWI)

Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

My role at Aurora Basin will be to receive the freshly drilled ice cores and log them – ie. provide the first scientific documentation of the extracted cores – before passing them on to others for scientific analysis and sampling.

Career highlights

I am a physicist with a background in mathematics and physics and a PhD in ice core analysis. My interests are in ice core chemistry, ice core dating, and palaeoclimatic reconstructions. I have participated in ice core drilling since 1980 and spent more than 4 years on expeditions.

I am currently an Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, where I am a member of the Centre for Ice and Climate and curator of the ice core collection in Copenhagen. Since 2003 I have been the main logistics organiser of international ice core operations in Greenland (NEEM). I also teach mathematics to undergraduate physics students and geophysics at all levels.

This season at Aurora Basin will be my 28th expedition. I was a guest researcher in the glaciology group at the Australian Antarctic Division in 1988, in Melbourne, and in 1995 and 2003 in Hobart, Tasmania.