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Winter is Coming

As we entered the second week, everyone was looking forward to getting to the Greenland coast and to the front of 79-N Glacier. Until this point, all science had been largely successful, but now we were entering sea ice. The RV Polarstern is an icebreaker, so its reinforced hull should be no match for any sea ice – frozen ocean water up to about 3...

Winter is Coming

As we entered the second week, everyone was looking forward to getting to the Greenland coast and to the front of 79-N Glacier. Until this point, all science had been largely successful, but now we were entering sea ice. The RV Polarstern is an icebreaker, so its reinforced hull should be no match for any sea ice – frozen ocean water up to about 3...

Science at Sea

It was our first at-sea science meeting that highlighted to me how many different projects were on this cruise – groups are looking at ocean physics, atmospheric chemistry, glacier melt, marine biology, sea ice, and Earth structure, amongst others. Various ship-based science. Left to right: deploying an AUV submarine into the water, setting up a mooring...

Science at Sea

It was our first at-sea science meeting that highlighted to me how many different projects were on this cruise – groups are looking at ocean physics, atmospheric chemistry, glacier melt, marine biology, sea ice, and Earth structure, amongst others. Various ship-based science. Left to right: deploying an AUV submarine into the water, setting up a mooring...

Life on a Polar Research Ship

All aboard! The RV Polarstern has set sail for North-East Greenland. Huddled at the waterfront of Tromso, Arctic Norway, I joined a large group of fellow scientists for my first scientific cruise – actually, the first time on any form of boat for longer than a day – so 5 weeks at sea seemed daunting. I was both excited and anxious, but it was comforting...

Life on a Polar Research Ship

All aboard! The RV Polarstern has set sail for North-East Greenland. Huddled at the waterfront of Tromso, Arctic Norway, I joined a large group of fellow scientists for my first scientific cruise – actually, the first time on any form of boat for longer than a day – so 5 weeks at sea seemed daunting. I was both excited and anxious, but it was comforting...

Setting sail for Greenland

Ahoy! It has been over 18 months since my last post and—not coincidentally—over 18 months since I last did anything worth blogging about. Come Tuesday, I will be heading off on a new expedition. Unlike previous trips, I’ll be venturing north to Greenland and will be based, not on land, but on a ship (for 5 weeks!). The research is part of the NEGIS...

Setting sail for Greenland

Ahoy! It has been over 18 months since my last post and—not coincidentally—over 18 months since I last did anything worth blogging about. Come Tuesday, I will be heading off on a new expedition. Unlike previous trips, I’ll be venturing north to Greenland and will be based, not on land, but on a ship (for 5 weeks!). The research is part of the NEGIS...

Cape Roberts: waves and wildlife

Adélie penguin at Cape Roberts Our work at Mawson Glacier was complete, but we still needed to be pulled out of the field. The trip back to Scott Base was broken up with an overnight stay at Cape Roberts, which provided an enjoyable change of scene. Cape Roberts is a tiny – less than 1 km long – ice-free peninsula, approximately 100 km south of Mawson...

Cape Roberts: waves and wildlife

Adélie penguin at Cape Roberts Our work at Mawson Glacier was complete, but we still needed to be pulled out of the field. The trip back to Scott Base was broken up with an overnight stay at Cape Roberts, which provided an enjoyable change of scene. Cape Roberts is a tiny – less than 1 km long – ice-free peninsula, approximately 100 km south of Mawson...

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