All good things must come to an end – and so it is with the part of the CryoVEx 2017 campaign that has been based in CFS Alert in northern Canada, the 82–88°N sea-ice campaign. And, as is often the case, the end of the campaign has been pretty hectic.
After a down day on Good Friday when the airfield was closed, and a down day on Saturday due to weather, the personnel at CFS Alert kindly agreed to open the airfield on Sunday and on Easter Monday! We tried to get to Sites 1 and 4 on Sunday, but couldn’t find a suitable place to land because the weather was poor and the light was ‘flat’. We ended up landing close to Site 3 and although we had a few issues on station, overall it was a successful day.
Christian Haas studying the ice from the Twin Otter as we fly to Site 10. (J. Beckers)
We received permission to fly again on Monday, but all of our sites were completely covered by cloud. Luckily, the BAS Twin Otter carrying an airborne laser scanner and the Ka-band radar altimeter had already done some flights to the northeast a couple ...