ECMWF forecast of the Geopotential Height (m) and Horizontal Winds (m/s) at 300 hPa (about 9 km altitude). The blue line indicates the planned Falcon Flight Track. Note the increased wind speeds over Scotland.

WindVal: Petta reddast

In Iceland you hear one phrase very often: “petta reddast” which can be translated as “it will all work out okay”. With that in mind we started planning the flight to have a closer look at strong...

Oliver Reitebuch checking the set up. (ESA)

WindVal: chasing polar winds

ESA’s wind mission, ADM-Aeolus, is entering its integration and testing phase and will be ready for launch at the end of 2016. To support the satellite’s final phase of development and in preparation for validating the mission’s...

Philip de Roo (left) and Marc Cornelissen (© Cold Facts)

Remembering Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo

Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo tragically went missing on 29 April, 2015 whilst on expedition in the Canadian High Arctic, in a location near Bathurst Island, some 200 km north of Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It is...

Festive camping

Happy New Year from Antarctica

In December, we completed all our planned work around the field camp and completed the last of the planned kinematic GPS profiles. So, with a lot of new observational data we returned to Novo Airbase on 21...

Stormy winds causing snow drift around the camp.

Heavy snow causes temporary hold-up

In the week from 1–7 December the weather was not that favourable to continue our field work. The daily weather forecast from Neumayer station told us to expect storms with high wind of more than 60 km/h...

We are prepared to leave for the field camp, which will be placed about 70 km southeast of Novo Airbase. To transport the gear to set up the field camp we are supported by a Prinoth Everest snow groomer. (TUD)

Setting up in Antarctica

In the evening of Tuesday 18 November our plane took off from Cape Town heading south to our final destination: Antarctica. Researchers from India, Belgium, the UK, and Finland, as well as a group of tourists were...

Ludwig Schröder and  Undine Strößenreuther from TU Dresden on their way to Antarctica for ESA's CryoSat mission. (credits: TU Dresden)

En route to Antarctica for CryoSat

Despite the high summer temperatures in South Africa, we carried hats and thick gloves in our luggage as we checked in for a flight from Cape Town yesterday, continuing our journey to Antarctica. We are two geodesists...

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...