Inside the living tent cooking was one on two primus stoves, a paraffin lamp provided extra heat, and boxes of spare science equipment were the chairs. (BAS)

PolarGAP: culture shock

Just over two weeks ago I was writing this blog hunched up in a mountain tent, having not washed for a week, and with the company of just 7 other people. Now as I write I am...

Refuelling at Sky Blu (Arne Olesen)

PolarGAP: Antarctic flights

One week on from departing Rothera into the field and the first leg of the PolarGAP survey at FD83 is almost over, I get to sit back, relax a bit and write this blog. The transit from...

Fabiano working on the snow pit wall to prepare it for the NIR pictures (there was a beautiful halo in the sky).

DOMEX: Time to get digging

A short note on what we’ve achieved over the last few weeks for the DOMEX campaign in Antarctica. The aim of the campaign is to build up a collection of a well-calibrated, multiyear, time series of L-band...

HALO on the apron waiting for the pilot check flight. (P. Preusse–FZ-Juelich)

GWEX: Observing ripples in the sky

Most people know the thing …. you’re enjoying a warm relaxing evening by a lake gazing out over the calm water, the wind freshens, you feel a breeze and see ripples forming on the water. In time,...

Tom Jordan (BAS)

PolarGAP: Science from the air

Tom Jordan is part of the PolarGAP project, an ambitious international collaboration which will use airborne geophysics to explore one of the last known frontiers on our planet – the region around the South Pole. The main...

Concordia Station seen from the summer camp. (credits: M. Brogioni/F. Monti)

Battling the Antarctic wind

Post from Marco Brogioni (IFAC) and Fabiano Monti (Insubria University) Hi folks, last week the weather here in Dome-C was really bad. With temperatures constantly lower than –20°C, one might ask if it could get even worse...

Waiting at the Mario Zucchelli Station to fly to Dome-C: Fabiano, Stefano & Marco. (Credits DOMEX team)

Back to Antarctica

Post from Marco Brogioni (IFAC) and Fabiano Monti (Insubria University) It’s been two years since the last DOMEX campaign at Dome-C in Antarctica, where the Italian-French station of Concordia is located, but we’re here again to support...

Sunlit ice shelf. (DLR)

WindVal: Flight to Summit Station

During the WindVal campaign we took the chance to fly to the summit of Greenland, where the Environmental Observatory is situated high on the ice shelf 3200 m above sea level. This Danish and US founded Arctic...

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...