Large icebergs float away as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland, in August 2019. (Felipe Dana/AP) As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life around the world, scientific research is beginning to suffer. Over the past several weeks, major Earth science field campaigns, some years in the making, have been called off or postponed indefinitely. Earlier this month, several NASA-led airborne campaigns, including flights to survey land losses in the Mississippi River delta and hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, were suspended. So too were scientific cruises that use vessels in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet. And with all passenger flights in and out of Greenland grounded late last week in an effort to prevent covid-19 from spreading to the icy island, many Arctic scientists’ summer field plans are now in limbo. Some campaigns, including a complex international drilling project that’s collecting deep ice cores from East Greenland, have already been canceled for the year. [Greenland lost a near-record 600 billion tons of ice last summer, raising sea levels] In many cases, scientists are planning to reschedule their work, although results will be delayed and money already spent toward this year’s field season will be lost. For the less fortunate


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