Regrann from @npiglaciology - Polar Portraits | This week we are introducing Bhanu a visiting scientist from NCAOR
Name: Bhanu Pratap
Where are you from?
When did you move to Tromsø?
What do you work with?
Field based glaciological studies with the perspective of mass balance, ice mass flux meteorology and volume estimation, and crevasse rescue as well. Further, I work with satellite data and radar data combined with field measurements for Himalayan glaciers and ice rises of Antarctica to understand the effects of enhanced melting and climate change.
What was you dream job when you were a kid?
To become a shepherd, the reason was to live on the top of the Himalaya.
What’s the best thing about being a scientist?
The best thing to be in the field of glaciology is spending more time on learning different aspects of glacier and discovering ideas together with listening to stories from the experienced ones. One of the best parts to be a glaciologist is field expeditions and explorations in different parts of world and which is usually out of reach in normal situations.
What did you study?
Cryosphere and Climate
What’s your funniest or worst field work moment?
Funniest moment for me was sliding on the snow, I always enjoyed the moment on the snow. Another thing that I found most interesting was listening to the stories that the place was haunted where we had camped and spent a night.
What’s your favorite polar animal?
My favorite polar animal is ‘Ibex’ in the Himalaya and in Antarctica my favorite one is a bird ‘snow petrel’. They are so pure white and beautiful. Sometime, they come close to you and even flying along when riding a Skidoo doing field work on the ice rise.
What’s your favorite field work food?
Maggie noodles and lots of green chili on it with hot tea (Chai). #fieldwork #fieldphotofriday #polarportraits #npolar #scicomm #forskkomm #polar #glacier #glaciology - #regrann