Meet Alaska glaciologits Dr. Hajo Eicken

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Hajo Eicken, a glaciologist and professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, discusses his research focus on sea ice and its interactions with ecosystems and the climate system. Dr. Eicken describes his fieldwork and laboratory work, including studying ice behavior on both small and large scales. He emphasizes the importance of understanding how liquids and organisms move through sea ice. He also mentions his interest in working in areas where people have a deep knowledge of the ice cover, such as Alaska with its Iñupiaq Eskimo communities. Dr. Eicken acknowledges the value of combining traditional knowledge with geophysical and glaciological perspectives to gain a more comprehensive understanding of ice. He highlights the collaborative approach of working with local communities and incorporating their expertise into research design and question formulation. The interview concludes with Dr. Eicken discussing the significance of studying ice stability and how detailed local knowledge contributes to understanding factors like currents, wind, and topography at specific locations.