Airborne surveys in the Arctic always rely on good weather so delays have to be expected. Often there are a few bad weather days in a row but if one is really unfortunate, there can be almost a week without any flying activity. This happened to at the beginning of our Polar Airborne Measurements and Arctic Regional Climate Model Simulation Project campaign. The project was initiated by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany and the science team consists of members from AWI and from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
Low clouds and fog prevent the arrival of Polar-5 at the airport in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. (S. Hendricks–AWI).
Half of team travelled to Longyearbyen by airline and the other half travelled with our aircraft to Tromsø, making atmospheric measurements on the transfer from Bremen, Germany. However, the aircraft could not travel further due to the weather and all we could do was to wait until the weather improved in the Barents Sea region.
There is still a trace of polar night in the last week in March at Station Nord in Greenland, where Polar-5 is parked for the night. (S. Hendricks–AWI).
Our scientific workhorse is Polar-5, a converted DC-3 equipped with ...