Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2012

Carlini wildlife

The following day, the glacier was covered in clouds and the strong
winds did not allow to do any sophisticated work on the glacier
stations. So we stayed at the base, preparing upcoming work and using a
small window with less winds and a bit of sun to have a look at the
nearby sea elephants and the frozen Potter cove. The landscape just
looks amazing with the ice sculpures forming from sea ice due to tidal
movements, some even show a certain resemblance to gigantic pancakes.

Installation of the eddy covaricance sensor

After 6 months of preparations and great support by Campbell Scientific
and AWI logistics, the overwintering scientist, Damián López, and i
finally installed the sensor to measure the water vapor and carbon
dioxide content of air back to the eddy covariance system.
Upon arrival, we found the stations covered by the hoar frost of the
last storm. At least, we had an exceptionally beautiful day for the
There still is a lot of work to be done on the stations, but now we are
finally measuring again. The recorded turbulence data is needed for the
validation of our modeling efforts.

Arrival at Carlini

The arrival to the Argentine station on King George Island was very
smooth. The Chilean Hercules left at 8:20 on September 25. after
arriving on the Fieldes Peninsula, King George Island, i just waited
about an hour at the landing strip for the weather to clear up so that
the helicopter could take of. It was an amazing flight over the frozen
cove in front of the Russian and the Chilean bases, Bellingshausen and
Frei. The welcome in Carlini was really warm. The freight was send to
KGI with a Brazilian flight and didn't arrive the same day but was
brought two days later with a Twin to the glacier.