Monitoring the Siteia wildfire (3-4 July 2014, green tales) and Festos wildfire (5 July 2014 – orange tales) from the BEYOND online tool. The red arrow points at Finokalia station.

Modelling support for aerosol measurements in Greece

CHARADMexp campaign has been supported on daily basis from several modelling services operating at the BEYOND Center of excellence (http://beyond-eocenter.eu/) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and partners such as the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) and...

The UAV from Cyprus Institute.

Unmanned flights over Crete

With all the instruments in place, the CHAREDMexp campaign in Greece is fully operational. As well the instruments that was put together at Finokalia station, a second instrument site was also set up at Sitia municipal airport...

The group from Milan spraying plots. The plot as the back is visible with the white inert kaolin powder. On the right, the team from Luxembourg is preparing several calibration targets with known albedo. (ESA)

Changing the properties of vegetated surfaces

We are learning more and more about the complexity of the interactions between land covered by vegetation and the atmosphere. We have known for a long time that changes in canopy properties may have substantial effects on the climate, both...

Setting up CHAREDMexp. (ESA)

Preparing to measure aerosols in Greece

In parallel to the current airborne campaign in Italy supporting the candidate Earth Explorer FLEX mission, we are also preparing a related campaign on Crete in Greece. We would like to have a closer look at aerosols...

Franco Miglietta checking first results from ground-based tower. (ESA–Dirk Schüttemeyer)

Murphy’s Law hampers campaign

For the last two weeks, we’ve been in northern Italy trying to carry out a campaign to support the FLEX mission, a candidate for ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer. However, it seems that anything that could go wrong...

Station Nord

Cryovex: Last flights

After surveying Austfonna, Svalbard, on Saturday 3 May, we had a short stop in Longyearbyen to refuel and say goodbye to Sine, who was heading home. Late in the afternoon, we headed for Station Nord in northeast...

The team at Danmarkshaven: Louise, Sebastian, Emil and Sine from DTU Space and pilots Ragnar and Eggert from Norlandair. (Credits: Christina Dybbøl Nielsen)

Cryovex moves from sea ice to land ice

The second part of the 2014 Cryovex campaign has started in Iceland. Firstly, the instruments were re-installed in the ‘POF’ Twin Otter aircraft in its home-hangar in Akureyri , northern Iceland. After a short test flight on...

Flight planning: the yellow line is CryoSat's track, the red line is aircraft towing the EM-Bird and the black track is the aircraft carrying the ASIRAS instrument. (A.Casey-U.Alberta)

Cryovex: a team effort from space to ground

Cryovex campaigns are carried out every 1–2 years and involve a lot of preparation and coordination between different operations teams – from Mission Control to Ground Control – to ensure that the people out on the ice...

Ilyushin (new) meets DC3 (old) at Station Nord. (Mark Drinkwater–ESA)

Cryovex: Granddad meets the incredible hulk

Today’s resupply flight from Thule to Station Nord brought a bizarre contrast between vintage and modern airplanes to our remote Greenlandic station. It brought into sharp view the evolution over the last 60 years. The granddaddy of...

CryoVEx main ice camp. (Courtesy Mark Drinkwater, ESA)

Cryovex: Mowing the lawn in the Arctic

Today – Saturday 29 March had been seen as the most challenging day. We had prayed to the polar weather gods to bless us with good conditions for a survey of the sea ice in the region...

Great day flying over Arctic sea ice for the SMOS-ice campaign. (Stefan Hendricks, AWI)

SMOS ice: campaign concludes

Unfortunately, the weather conditions have not improved. Strong winds and expected turbulence have prevented us from flying today, although it isn't actually snowing at the moment.     So, this is the end of the SMOSice2014 campaign and...

Up, up and away. (Stefan Hendricks, AWI)

SMOS ice: not your average day in the office

After being grounded on Tuesday because of heavy snow, we woke up on Wednesday to clear blue skies, freshly snow-covered mountains and a bitter cold wind. Immediately, we started preparing to fly simultaneously with the helicopter and...