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15 January 2016 10:20

Carbon Briefly: Jason Box

Carbon Brief Staff

Carbon Brief Staff

15.01.2016 | 10:20am
InterviewsCarbon Briefly: Jason Box

People working on climate or energy give Carbon Brief a sense of their lives beyond the nine-to-five…

Dr Jason Box is a professor at the Glaciological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. With more than 23 expeditions to Greenland and a year spent living on the ice sheet, his work specialises in understanding how the Arctic is responding to weather and climate change. Box coordinates Dark Snow, a crowd-sourced project examining how wildfires and industrial soot are darkening the surface of the ice.

Book

250-The Changing Atmosphere

Jason’s workings. Credit: Jason Box.

The Changing Atmosphere: A Global Challenge, 1990, by J. Firor. Here my career was launched seeing the Keeling curve and doing the math in the back cover (see right!) that in 1991 were at *350* ppm CO2. Now we’re another 50 ppm higher!

Place

Boulder, Colorado, (where I spent 12 years earning 5 degrees at University of Colorado), view up to mountains where geology and the atmosphere are on dramatic display.

Film

Repo Man – a satire of the modern world.

Activity

Skiing.

Jason Box with drone on ice

Jason Box (left) and Aberystwyth University PhD student Johnny Ryan with a drone used for Dark Snow Project survey work. It’s programmed to fly on long (up to 140 km) autonomous missions. This photo was taken in August 2014 on the western Greenland ice sheet. Credit: @DarkSnowProject.

Music

Right now it’s the album Atlas by Real Estate. A longer term favorite the UK audience will be more into is Spiritualized – Laser Guided Melodies.

Food

Mexican, check out the molé Amarillo at Red Iguana in Salt Lake City, Utah.

TV

Sanford and Son – hilarious 1970s TV sitcom.

Role model

Carl Sagan, David Attenborough, Albert Einstein.

Luxury

Scotch whisky.

Essential

Stable climate.

Jason Box flying over dark Greenland ice on 23 August 2014 as part of a maintenance tour of promice.org climate stations on the southern Greenland ice sheet. Higher on the ice sheet, the surface is not this dark. But down low, where the highest melt rates happen, this darkness amplifies absorbed sunlight, the dominant energy source for melt. Credit: Jason Box Dark Snow project.
Main image: The Red Iguana, Salt Lake City.
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