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KAREN scientists report from ice sheet

The University of Leeds Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) lead the vital ground based field work conducted as part of the KAREN campaign which took place in October 2016. Andrew Shepherd and I (Anna Hogg)...

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...

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...

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...