Tag Archives: EM-bird

SMOS ice: Team grows for flights over sea ice

 After a very early start on Friday 21 March, leaving the Netherlands at 04:30, I made it to Svalbard by 14:00. I met Stefan Hendricks from AWI and Sten Schmidl Sobjaerg from DTU Space at Oslo airport...

Time to draw breath

From Seymour, Katharine & Rosie (UCL) in Alert, 18 April   As the main activities in Alert are winding down, it’s time to draw breath before the next leg of the campaign kicks off in Svalbard and Greenland. The UCL team has been looking back at what has been achieved over the last week. After arriving in Alert, bad weather initially prevented the aircraft from flying to the experiment sites. However, a break in the weather and safe arrival of the DTU team with the precious ASIRAS instrument on 13 April meant that everything was in place to get the campaign off the ground. The break in the weather held so that they...

Spring cruise through the sea ice

From Angelika (NPI), Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard, 15 April    An international group of seven sea-ice scientists together with polar bear and ivory gull researchers left Longyearbyen on 4 April aboard the Norwegian coastguard vessel KV Svalbard, heading towards the sea ice north and northeast of Svalbard. With the Norwegian Polar Institute’s (NPI) brand new EM-bird on board, we plan to collect data for the CryoSat campaign in a region that is not very often visited. The EM-bird is an electromagnetic sounding instrument that we hang from a helicopter to take measurements. This one is called Liv – meaning ‘life’ in Norwegian. After last year’s summer cruise to the same area,...