CryoSat

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...

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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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...