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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)...

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...

IceSAR campaign heads north

From Klaus Scipal (ESA), Greenland, 7 June As part of the IceSAR 2012 campaign, Jørgen Dall and Anders Kusk from DTU and I headed up north yesterday to fly the Polaris system over the K-transect on Russell Glacier in southwest Greenland. This is near Kangerlussuaq, 67° N, just inside the Arctic Circle. The campaign supports the evaluation of the Biomass candidate Earth Explorer mission. It may sound a little strange that a mission designed to measure forests properties in the Tropics will also be used to map glaciers and ice sheets. This is thanks to the unique Biomass instrument and mission concept, which is based on using a very long wavelength (P-band)...

Over the Greenland ice cap to Alert

Malcolm (ESA), Alert, 2 April On Friday I was picked-up by the DTU team at Qaanaaq airport with their workhorse Twin Otter plane. It was a beautiful sunny day and we put it to good use. Instead of flying to Alert along the coasts of Greenland and Canada, we headed directly up onto the Greenland ice cap then turned north and flew along a CryoSat track acquired on the previous day. The transition from sea level to the ice cap itself is spectacular, often consisting of a succession of deeply crevassed glacier fronts. The ice cap itself is much less so, especially after a few hours of flying since, apart from some...

New CryoSat ice campaign kicks-off up north

From Malcolm (ESA), Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, 28 March After months of preparation and  hundreds or even maybe even a thousand emails, the 2012 CryoSat Validation Experiment otherwise known as ‘CryoVEx 2012’ finally kicks-off this week across the Arctic. Together with NASA colleagues and participating scientists from the USA, Canada and Europe, some remarkable airborne flights are planned later this week and early the week after. One of the highlights could come as early as tomorrow when the CryoSat satellite will pass over the Arctic Ocean from the north at about 7 km per second and pass almost directly over the Canadian military base Alert located at the northern tip of Ellesmere island. This...

NASA IceBridge flies Greenland EGIG line for CryoSat

From Michael (NASA), Greenland, 26 April Today was our last opportunity to fly a science mission from Kangerlussuaq and the weather was favourable for Geikie 01, our last remaining high priority mission plan. We expected some clouds over the interior of the ice sheet and down in the fjords and had to abort our flight up Nansen Fjord and Christian Gletscher because of a 3000 ft clouds base and 13 000 ft terrain. Other than that, it was a perfect day. As the photo above shows, the razor sharp flood basalts of the Geikie Plateau are spectacular. After we had finished the glacier runs around the Geikie Plateau, we went up Daugaard...