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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...

NASA IceBridge – clear but bumpy over southeast G...

From Michael (NASA) Greenland ice sheet, 11 April On April 11, NASA’s IceBridge campaign finally got the clear weather necessary to fly over glaciers in southeast Greenland. Typically, this area is shrouded in cloud, but strong winds from the Greenland ice sheet can clear the cloud – but these winds and the rugged coastal topography cause a lot of air turbulence. So, with clear skies came winds of up to 70 knots, which made for a bumpy ride over the calving front of glaciers such as Gyldenlove seen here. Despite the difficult conditions we were able to survey all planned glaciers in the cloud-free area south of 65N. The amount of windblown...