Tag Archives: Svalbard

SMOS ice: Looking for ice in the middle of a heat wave

The ‘SMOS Ice 2014 campaign’ focuses on verifying sea-ice forecasts and satellite-derived ice products. The campaign brings together scientists working on different types of sea-ice observations, specialists working on computer models generating ice forecasts, and engineers studying...

Svalbard: first impressions

From Tommaso (ESA), Svalbard, 25 April ESA’s CryoSat mission manager, Tommaso Parinello, is on campaign in Svalbard to take part in the continuing efforts to validate CryoSat. He shares his first impressions of the Arctic as he waits for the DTU team to arrive. Getting to Svalbard from Europe is reasonably easy. From Oslo, it takes three hours by plane. Landing in Longbyearbyen, the administrative centre of the archipelago, offers a view of the KSAT satellite acquisition station on the right and of the Adventfjorden on the left.  At this time of year and at this latitude, the sea is almost free of ice. While the aircraft was aligning with the runway,...

Austfonna ground control ready and waiting

From Thomas (UIO), Svalbard, 29 April As various teams gather to kick off the measurement campaign around Svalbard, bad weather has delayed today's flights. Nevertheless, all the equipment is in place on the Austfonna ice cap and ready for when the weather is clear enough to fly. A team of two from the University of Oslo spent the Easter week on Austfonna setting up the ground control points and preparing the base camp for the main campaign. Five corner reflectors are now in place awaiting the overflight. As usual, conditions were difficult. This time, however, Easter brought surprisingly mild temperatures and rainfall all across the ice cap! The resulting ice layer on...