January 5th, 2012
2011 is all finished. We got 198 submissions in total, 3 more than we did in 2010. The first count indicated we had only broken even but a recount produced a couple of more submitted papers. So we did break the record as we have done every year since 2006. On top of that, 2010 we had issue 200 for which we 'commissioned' 22 papers.
In all you have been fantastic, we had more papers submitted in December than we have ever had for that month. So obviously glaciologists are not too swept up in the pre Christmas rush, science comes first. Have a super year, I look forward to us breaking the record again in 2012.
December 18th, 2011
These days it is 100 years since Amundsen and Scott and their teammates reached the South Pole. Amundsen on 14 December 1911 and Scott on 17 January 1912. Both were remarkable expeditions albeit very different. Amundsen, the seasoned polar explorer set out with the sole purpose of being the first to reach the South Pole. Scott wanted indeed to be the first to reach the pole as well, but his expedition also included an extensive scientific explorations program. Amundsen reached the pole first and based on their respective experience in polar travel, Scott never really had a chance. But in discussion with British people about the 'Race for the Pole' I find that their tendency is to make excuses for Scott, 'yes his team was second to reach the South Pole but they did so much scientific work'. Why not give priority to the scientific work done by Scott's team, not the fact that he was 'second to reach the South Pole'? Amundsen was better equipped for the 'race to the South Pole' but Scott's scientific work has enough merit to stand on its own in the world of science. Let that be the legacy of Scott's expedition.
September 15th, 2011
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The SG at the opening of the 'Tibetan Plateau Environment' workshop in Reykjavik