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Sen2Coral: In the South Pacific

French scientist Antoine Collin has spent 25 hours travelling from Paris to Tahiti in the first leg of the Sen2Coral mission. The field campaign aims to test and validate the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 satellite to monitor...

GWEX: Up in the waves

On 25 January the GLORIA instrument took the first ever tomographic dataset to infer the 3D temperature structure of a mesoscale gravity wave. This, however, does not only depend on having a novel instrument and the presence...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...