Author Archives: Honora

Reconstructing an ancient glacier

Earth scientists have been busy investigating the Himalayan Barun glacier, adjacent to Mount Makalu for ESA’s Climate Change Initiative. They form part of the 12-strong Makalu Climate Climb team, which is also supporting an attempt to summit...

Makalu climb: monitoring natural hazards

This week, the Makalu Climate Climb, a 12-person ESA-sponsored science expedition, reached base camp of Mount Makalu. At 8481 m, it’s the the fifth-highest mountain on the planet. During the eight-day trek, scientists ascended 3250 m, documenting...

Scaling Mount Makalu with ESA Climate Change Initiative

Earth scientists working on ESA’s Climate Change Initiative are joining a Himalayan expedition this April. But for explorer and expedition lead, Carina Ahlqvist, this is just her first objective. Carina, one of Sweden’s leading mountaineers, will attempt...

CryoVEx/KAREN: not all glamour

Having spent the last couple of weeks in Antarctica, Tânia Casal, ESA Earth Observation campaign coordinator, is about to head home after contributing to the CryoVEx/KAREN field campaign – contributions that not only involve science, but also...

CryoVex/KAREN: new friends

Tânia Casal, ESA Earth Observation Campaign Coordinator, sends her latest post from Antarctica where she’s taking part in the CryoVEx/KAREN campaign to help develop new space technology to monitor our changing polar environments. I am still at...

Cryovex/Karen: tough training

Tânia Casal, ESA Earth Observation Campaign Coordinator, has arrived in Antarctica as part of the CryoVEx/KAREN campaign, and sends her next blog entry. It has taken days to get here, but on 8 January I finally arrived...

AMT4SentinelFRM: Hold on to your hats!

Hold onto your hats folks, we are entering the South Subtropical Convergence Zone! From the deep blue waters between 10 and 35° S, one crosses over the boundary between the South Atlantic Gyre and the Antarctic Circumpolar...

AMT4SentinelFRM: Expanding ocean deserts

After crossing the equator we sampled a series of stations in the southern hemisphere to find out what is going on in the Southern Gyre. A gyre is a swirling vortex, which in the ocean is created...

AMT4SentinelFRM: comparing measurements with measuremen...

The inter-comparison of measurements between laboratories, who work on the accuracy of Copernicus Sentinel Ocean Colour and Sea Surface Temperature products, are an important component of quality checks of data collected in the field. Last year on...

AMT4SentinelFRM: launching balloons

Most of the data that we collect on AMT4SentinelFRM are water profiles or continuous surface water measurements. However, every day at midday we also collect atmospheric data when Werenfrid Wimmer from the University of Southampton launches a...

Measuring gravity over Vatnajökull

The recent international field campaign that took place in the Arctic to validate measurements from ESA’s CryoSat ice mission and to test the potential of using a new way of measuring ice in the future has been...

2 degrees: witnessing climate change

After the conclusion of the 2 degrees expedition, Bernice Notenboom was motivated to take one step further by giving a real, up-front and personal experience to communicate the effects of climate change and encourage industry to move...