Author Archives: Honora

The relevance of 2 degrees

On 18 April, the Dutch polar explorer and climate journalist Bernice Notenboom, together with fellow 2 Degrees expeditioners Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels, achieved their target of reaching the geographic North Pole by foot. The goal of...

CryoVEx: Ice, Ice (and snow) Baby

Today, 14 April, is a down day, the airfield is closed for Good Friday. While we would rather be out sampling the ice, the down day gives us a chance to consider the data we have collected...

CRYOSAT and KAREN: Awesome work, what a privilege

Today was another great day! Once again, the Sun was shining over our sea-ice sites and there was very little wind. Even cold temperatures (-32°C) feel pleasant when the Sun shines and there is no wind. I...

CRYOSAT and KAREN: Measuring sea ice

While we have already been out on the ice and have seen plenty more of it, Christian Haas from York University, Canada joined us on Monday so we could get down to more measuring. We did snow...

CryoVEx and KAREN: held up in a blizzard

It may have been a beautiful warm spring weekend in Europe, but the team starting the second phase of the Cryovex and KAREN campaign in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada, have had to hunker down to wait out...

CryoVEX and KAREN: waving to friends

The first phase of the KAREN field campaign, which is testing a new way of measuring Earth’s ice, concluded recently with a flight over Greenland and a great view of the ground team on the ice taking...

Cryovex and Karen: Catching Up

Airborne surveys in the Arctic always rely on good weather so delays have to be expected. Often there are a few bad weather days in a row but if one is really unfortunate, there can be almost...

Cryovex and Karen: Invisible sea ice

An important goal of the European Space Agency’s CryoSat mission is to measure, from space, changing sea-ice thickness over time. Yet, a remarkable feature about Arctic sea-ice is that you actually rarely see it – at least...

Antarctica, DOMEX and diamond dust

This year’s DOMEX campaign to support ESA’s SMOS satellite mission has started at Dome-C in Antarctica. It’s a multiyear campaign that we have been carrying out at the Italian–French Concordia station since 2013. The aim is to...